OSHA’s new safety standards on the permissible level of crystalline silica goes in effect on September 23. Originally set for an enforcement date of June 23, the ruling was delayed three months for a variety of reasons including the transition to a new presidential administration and appointment of Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta.
Every day before sunrise, more than 500 workers put on their hard hats and work boots and head to the new Transbay Transit Center project in San Francisco to continue to build what will be a significant improvement to the city’s public transportation infrastructure. The Center will connect eight Bay Area counties and 11 transportation systems, and includes a rooftop park complete with trails, recreation space, and an amphitheatre.
A year ago, OSHA introduced a new rule to protect construction workers from the potential dangers of airborne crystalline silica on job sites. With the deadline for compliance approaching next week on June 23, 2017, it’s important for construction firms to have a clear plan in place for how they will remain compliant to the new standard.
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Today is Workers’ Memorial Day. A day set aside every year to remember those who have been killed or injured while working, and take a stand for increased safety measures for all workers.