The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has posted new frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the agency’s standard for respirable crystalline silica in general industry.

OSHA developed the FAQs in consultation with industry and union stakeholders to provide guidance to employers and employees on the standard’s requirements, such as exposure assessments, regulated areas, methods of compliance, and communicating silica hazards to employees. The questions and answers are organized by topic, and include an introductory paragraph that provides background information about the regulatory requirements.

Read the FAQs here:



GBCA offers its Silica Safety Program to help its members comply with OSHA’s Silica Standard. This program provides members with discounted pricing on monitoring equipment and services.

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For more information on the GBCA Silica Safety Program, contact GBCA Director of Safety Services Frank Durso at fdurso@