Federal OSHA recently informed its regional and area offices that the agency is implementing a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica. The NEP targets specific trades in the construction industry. North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code# 238220 (Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors) is being targeted. This means that OSHA’s compliance officers nationwide will be emphasizing inspections/enforcement where respirable crystalline silica could be generated in our trade. MCAA recommends that you verify that your company is in compliance with the OSHA standard… Respirable Crystalline Silica.
MCAA has several safety resources to help you protect your workers from overexposure to respirable crystalline silica and comply with OSHA’s silica standard, including:
- Safety Bulletin on OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard
- Mechanical Industry Guide to Silica Safety
- Model Program on Silica Exposure Control Plans
- Worker Silica Safety Training Video with Accompanying Training Materials