Criteria for updating the crystalline silica pel

Posted by / 24-Jun-2017 14:10

The final OSHA rule, published on 25 March, establishes a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air (50 µg/m), averaged over an eight-hour shift in the general industry as well as in the maritime and construction industries.This new PEL represents about 50% of the previous PEL for general industry, and roughly 20% of the previous PEL for shipyards and construction.

However, federal OSHA decided to delay enforcement of the silica rule so that it has more time to provide guidance to employers due to the unique nature of the requirements.These particles can penetrate deep into lungs and have been found to cause dangerous and often fatal diseases including silicosis, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease.Silicosis is a disease specifically caused by these silica particles for which there is no cure.Please contact a Jackson Lewis attorney with any questions.On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a Final Rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica.

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But the National Association of Manufacturers called the new regulation ‘fundamentally flawed’, and accused OSHA of basing its new standards on out-of-date economic data.