The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) today informed ACPA of a three-month delay in enforcement of the new crystalline silica standard for construction.

The final standard was first announced on March 24, 2016, with an expected enforcement date of June 23 of this year. The agency has determined that “additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard,” according to an OSHA news release.  Enforcement is now expected to begin September 23.

In response to the original announcement, ACPA prepared and distributed a technical bulletin called, “Understanding OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule.” Developed with input from ACPA contractors and equipment members, the publication provides information about the rule and its potential impact on the concrete pavement industry.

The agency is continuing to work on addressing questions about the standard and are developing additional guidance materials. 

To see the complete news release from OSHA, follow this link