New OSHA Silica Standard: What You Need To Know

OSHA has updated its silica exposure regulations for the first time since 1971. The final rule took effect on June 23. Depending on the industry, employers have between one to five years to comply. Silica, also known as quartz, is the second most common mineral found in the earth’s crust and is known to cause lung disease and cancer. Exposure to this common and dangerous substance is prevalent in various industries including construction, fracturing, and quartz counter manufacturing.

So, how will this rule affect how you protect workers from silica?

Employers will have to limit worker exposure to silica based on new OSHA regulations

Overall, this OSHA rule calls for employers to reduce employee exposure to silica and dictates the procedures employers should follow. Implementing these changes across multiple locations can be a complex task. But with the right tools, you can use this rule change as a catalyst for improved lung health across your entire organization.

ProcessMAP’s Occupational Health Management and Industrial Hygiene Management solutions provide enterprise-wide consistency and visibility into the detection and reporting of hazardous materials, standardization of employee protection protocol, and proactive monitoring of employee exposure levels. This visibility ensures compliance with OSHA regulations and optimizes IH resources to better protect employee health.

Integrated Training & Performance Management allows organizations to deliver, track, and report on targeted learning objectives within a central platform – improving training effectiveness and reducing the risk of non-compliant behaviors.

With these components of ProcessMAP’s EHS & Compliance software platform, you can exceed OSHA standards and see your company’s progress in real time, streamlining the execution and documentation of your health & safety efforts. You can ensure that employees are provided adequate protection, monitored consistently, and educated and trained on how to behave in the best interest of their health.

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