The dangers of silica dust have been well documented as far back as the 1700s. Workers in many industries have long been familiar with the health risks caused by this common substance.
But it wasn’t until 1971 – when OSHA was first established – that silica dust exposure limits were set for workers on job sites in the U.S. With the release of new, updated standard in June 2016, enforcement for OSHA’s new silica dust rule for general industry and maritime began on June 23, 2018.
This FAQ provides insight into silica dust and answers common questions such as:
- What is silica dust?
- What health problems does silica dust cause?
- How can employers reduce silica dust exposure among their employees?
- What housekeeping methods are approved for dust removal?
Download the document to find out the answers to these and other questions that will assist in keeping your workplace environment safe.