Learn more about OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline
Silica Standard and find safety solutions for your workplace
Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in naturally occurring and man-made materials that consists of very small particles. Exposure to respirable crystalline silica can occur during the manufacturing of glass, pottery, ceramics, brick, concrete and artificial stone, as well as during the use of industrial sand in operations or abrasive blasting with sand.
OSHA’s recent final rule on limiting exposure to respirable crystalline silica was issued to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease that has been linked to high levels of silica. The regulations are addressed in 1910.1053 for general industry and maritime and 1926.1153 for construction.
Because OSHA’s previous permissible exposure limits (PELs) for silica were outdated, the new PEL for workers is 50 micrograms of respirable silica per cubic meter of air (µg/m3) at an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA).
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