Occupational Health & Safety has published an article examining OSHA’s silica regulations and considerations that companies need to take.

OSHA believes that employees exposed to respirable silica at the permissible exposure limit (PEL) set in the old standard faced “a significant risk of material impairment to their health.” It estimated that there are 2 million construction workers and 300,000 in general industry and maritime workers impacted. Various industries have argued “against” the appropriateness of the revised standards for feasibility and other reasons, but OSHA’s opinions have prevailed in court.

Read more from Occupational Health & Safety Magazine!


In light of the recent OSHA Silica Standard enforcement date, GBCA is providing our members with discounted pricing on monitoring equipment and access to a searchable sampling database. Participating contractors can rely on the database to manage employee safety and multiple-contractor activities where job tasks produce respirable silica emissions.

For participating members, there will be a training session to learn how to use the air quality testing equipment on Monday, July 16. Contact GBCA Director of Safety Services Frank Durso at fdurso@ for more details.

Click below to learn more and to register for this GBCA Membership Benefit!


If you have any questions about OSHA’s Silica Standard, or about GBCA’s Silica Safety Program, please contact Frank Durso, Director of Safety Services, at fdurso@


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