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Guide helps employers understand medical monitoring requirements of silica standard

CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training has made available a guide to help employers understand the medical monitoring requirements in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's silica standard for the construction industry (29 CFR §1926.1153 Respirable Crystalline Silica), as well as set up the program for their employees.

As of Oct. 23, the provisions of OSHA's silica rule are fully enforced. The rule applies to all exposures in construction except where worker exposure remains below 25 micrograms per cubic meter of air as an eight-hour time-weighted average; the 25-microgram threshold is what OSHA defines as the action level. A more protective or restrictive permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air as an eight-hour time-weighted average has been established under the rule.

To view CPWR's guide for employers regarding medical monitoring, click here.

NRCA also has developed tools for contractors to use to comply with provisions of OSHA's silica regulation. To view NRCA's silica regulation resources, click here.


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