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Sep 20, 2016

OSHA Releases New Regulation
Respirable Crystalline Silica

Q: What is Respirable Crystalline Silica?
A: Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in many naturally occurring materials and used in many industrial products and at construction sites. Materials like sand, concrete, stone and mortar contain crystalline silica. Crystalline silica is also used to make products such as glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks, concrete and artificial stone. Industrial sand used in certain operations, such as foundry work and hydraulic fracturing(fracking), is also a source of crystalline silica exposure.

Q: What workplaces are effected?
A: OSHA estimates that 676,000 workplaces in the United States are effected by this new regulation.  The most common workplaces are included in this chart:


Glass Manufacturing

Pottery Manufacturing

Structural Clay Manufacturing

Concrete Manufacturing


Dental Laboratories

Paint & Coating Manufacturing

Jewelry Production

Refractory Manufacturing


Ready-mix Concrete

Cut Stone and Stone Products

Abrasive & Sand Blasting


Fracturing for Oil & Gas

Asphalt  Manufacturing

Facility Maintenance

Any other workplaces that use, disturbs or works near Respirable Crystalline Silica.

Q:  Is new training required?
A:  YES. This newest OSHA regulation does have specific training requirements for all employees covered by this regulation.  Follow this link for the newest training materials:  Silica Training Video

Q: When does this regulation take effect:
A: The final rule was released on June 23, 2016, but the required compliance dates vary from one year to five years.  These compliance dates vary for different workplaces and for different parts of the requirements.  For more details, please visit our website for the details.

For more information about the new requirements, please visit this page of FAQs.
Respirable Crystalline Silica FAQ

For training products and publications on Respirable Crystalline Silica, please visit this page of products:
Respirable Crystalline Silica Training Products and Publications


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