OSHA Releases Silica FAQs for General Industry


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to provide guidance to general industry employers on application of OSHA’s final rule regulating occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica in general industry (the “silica rule”). OSHA developed the FAQs in consultation with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the American Foundry Society. Since OSHA published its final silica rule in 2016, the NAM has continued to make the case to OSHA about the rule’s heavy burden on manufacturers and the need for reliable guidance to make the rule more workable. These long-awaited FAQs are a good step forward for the industry.

To read the FAQs, click here.

To read a brief summary of the FAQs, click here.

The NAM held a webinar on these FAQs and other silica-compliance related matters. To view a recording of the webinar, click here.