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New from OSHA: compliance assistance resources for silica standard

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Washington — OSHA has released new compliance assistance resources for limiting worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

Among the resources:

OSHA’s silica standard for general industry and maritime went into effect June 23.

Crystalline silica is a carcinogen found in sand, stone and artificial stone. It can cause silicosis, a chronic disease that involves scarring of the lungs. OSHA estimates that 2.3 million workers are exposed to silica dust each year.

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