OSHA announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. According to the release, OSHA has determined that additional guidance is necessary due to the “unique nature of the requirements” in the construction standard. Originally scheduled to begin June 23rd, 2017, enforcement will now begin September 23rd, 2017. OSHA also stated that it expects employers in the construction industry to continue to take steps either to come into compliance with the new permissible exposure limit, or to implement specific dust controls.
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