OSHA's new crystalline silica dust standard means contractors must control jobsite dust or risk costly penalties

Jobsite dust has always been a concern for the construction sector, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) new standard on crystalline silica dust — a known human carcinogen — is taking those concerns to a whole new level.

Compliance for construction firms is far different from companies in other industries, which must conduct exposure assessments of their workplaces.

Instead, construction firms must work to reduce crystalline silica dust at the source, which means using the proper equipment to cut, grind, drill and chip. Another way to reduce silica dust exposure is to source raw materials that simply produce less of a dust cloud. Watch this video to see a comparison between a standard repair mortar and a low-dust repair mortar to learn why sourcing the right product can make all the difference.

MasterEmaco T 1060DR and MasterEmaco T 1061DR are blends of cement, graded aggregate, shrinkage-compensating agents, set-control and dust reducing additives, which can help contractors and construction companies meet OSHA standard 29 CFR 1926

Have questions about crystalline silica dust?
Visit OSHA's comprehensive FAQ about the new regulation.

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