OSHA Releases Series of New Training Videos on Silica Standard
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Aug. 22 released a series of training videos on OSHA’s standard for respirable crystalline silica in construction. The six new videos instruct users on methods for controlling exposure to silica dust when performing common construction tasks, or using construction equipment. The videos cover topics including handheld power saws, jackhammers, drills, and grinders. On Aug. 13, OSHA released a set of 53 frequently asked questions to provide guidance to employers and employees on the silica standard. ASA is a member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, which was an important contributor to the formulation of this FAQ. The development stemmed from litigation filed against OSHA by numerous construction industry trade associations, including ASA, challenging the legality of the new silica rule. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. Visit OSHA’s silica standard for construction page for more information and resources on complying with the standard.