On March 26, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its respirable crystalline silica rule for construction workers. It became effective September 23, 2017. The transportation construction industry is significantly affected, with fines for alleged failure to comply totaling over $300,000 in one recent case.
To assist members and the industry understand and comply with the regulation, ARTBA provides these industry-focused training modules.
They are a resource guide to help employers and employees comply the standard and are intended to provide general information, tools, and resources to assist in improved workplace health and safety. They highlight components of the Silica Standard and present suggested procedures that may be applicable in work environments of the transportation construction industry.
Each module is compiled from resources available from key organizations involved in the construction industry. Resources used are cited in the end of each module and are found as links on each page.
It is important to read and understand the entire regulation before attempting any work involving respirable crystalline silica.
It is the employer’s responsibility to comply with regulations set forth in the OSHA standards and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. In providing this resource guide, ARTBA and its staff and officers are not responsible for an employer’s duty to provide its workers with a safe and healthful workplace and are not responsible for the actions or employer-related compliance with this or any other standard. The resource guide is intended for general informational purposes only, and not as a substitute for specific advice from a qualified professional. No warranty is made regarding these materials.