OSHA postpones enforcement of its crystalline silica standard in the construction industry until September 2017 (US)

On April 6, 2017 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a memorandum that delays the enforcement of its respirable crystalline silica standard for the construction industry until September 23, 2017. The original compliance deadline was June 23, 2017 for all requirements, except for the sample analysis requirements, which was to commence June 23, 2018. OSHA is delaying enforcement of the standard as it is currently developing educational materials for employers.


OSHA Memorandum for Region Administrators, “Delay of Enforcement of the Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction under 29 CFR 1926.1153,” April 6, 2017