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Silica Regulations For Construction In California

Thursday, June 22, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The new Cal/OSHA Silica regulations take effect June 23, 2017; but Cal/OSHA has agreed to delay enforcement of the new regulations until September 23, 2017. CALPASC members are reminded that the Cal/OSHA delay is an unprecedented move by Cal/OSHA, and we might have some Cal/OSHA inspectors decide to cite based on the new regulation, since it is on the books from June 23, 2017. Cal/OSHA inspectors still have the longstanding 1530.1 regulation to cite, which remains in effect.

 

It is unclear what will happen with the Fed/OSHA regulation, which has also been delayed for enforcement until September 23, 2017. There are signs that the Federal regulation may be amended or delayed again. It is unlikely Cal/OSHA will reduce their version of the new regulation; unless the construction industry shows data evidencing compliance with the PEL of 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air. We have had problems with manufacturers providing the documentation needed to make these changes.

 

CALPASC members are strongly encouraged to get documentation from their tool suppliers and/or manufacturers to show compliance with the PEL. While we understand some manufacturers may not want to make the data public, contractors need to show Cal/OSHA inspectors that their tools are in compliance. CALPASC members also need to review the new regulation to ensure compliance with the requirement to have a written plan, and designate one or more competent persons. You can see a copy of the new Cal/OSHA silica regulation for construction HERE.

 

If you have any questions, contact CALPASC Director of Risk Management, Bruce Wick, at bwick@calpasc.org; or 909-793-9932. 

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