Newer and more stringent OSHA regulations regarding employees’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica officially went into effect on September 23, 2017, with official enforcement beginning 30 days later on October 23 rd . According a recent news article, OSHA has issued 116 alleged silica violations since the official enforcement date:
35 violations were issued for employers failing to measure silica exposure levels
31 violations were issued for incorrectly using OSHA’s provided Table 1, which describes OSHA’s required methods for handling 18 of the most common equipment or tasks associated with the creation of silica dust
80% of the violations were classified as “serious violations”, though none resulted in the maximum penalty ($12,934).