Complying with OSHA's New Occupational Exposure Rule for Crystalline Silica

About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials like concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in industrial operations like brick manufacturing, foundries, and fracking. Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to respirable crystalline silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls dust with water or a vacuum system.

Last year, OSHA finalized a new rule to limit worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica. OSHA estimates that once the rule is in full effect, it will save more than 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year. The Final Rule is projected to provide net annual benefits of about $7.7 billion.

Get instant access to your free OSHA guidebooks on crystalline silica

EPA and OSHA guidebooksCheck out these free OSHA guidebooks on the crystalline silica rule, and then call RAECO at 800-852-9795 to find the right instrumentation to start monitoring worker exposure to respirable dust.

Download OSHA's Crystalline Silica Rule for the Construction Industry for:

  • OSHA Fact Sheet on the crystalline silica dust ruling for construction
  • The construction industry portion of the ruling
  • OSHA-approved methods for sample analysis
  • Medical surveillance guidelines

Download OSHA's Crystalline Silica Rule for General Industry and Maritime for:

  • OSHA Fact Sheet on the crystalline silica dust ruling for general industry and maritime use
  • The general industry portion of the ruling
  • OSHA-approved methods for sample analysis
  • Medical surveillance guidelines

Want to learn more? Watch Sampling Requirements for OSHA's New Crystalline Silica Rule
and read Sensidyne's whitepaper on personal air sampling for crystalline silica exposure.

Products for measuring crystalline silica exposure

RAECO basic sampling kit for crystalline silica exposure monitoring
RAECO Basic Personal Silica Sampling Kit

RAECO High Flow 2-6 Hour Personal Silica Sampling Kit
RAECO High Flow

2-6 Hour Personal Silica Sampling Kit

Sensidyne Nephelometer Handheld Aerosol Dust Monitor
Sensidyne Nephelometer Dust Aerosol Monitor for TSPs, PM 2.5, and PM 10

Grimm 11-C Portable Mini Laser Aerosol Spectrometer
Grimm 11-C
Portable Mini Laser Aerosol Spectrometer

Learn more about dust and particulate monitoring systems, personal air sampling pumps
and crystalline silica exposure monitoring kits available through RAECO.