The guide is intended to help small businesses understand and comply with OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard for construction.

Workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica are at increased risk of developing serious adverse health effects including silicosis, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease. The guide describes the steps that employers are required to take to protect construction employees from the hazards associated with exposure to respirable crystalline silica.  The guide is divided into sections that correspond to the standard’s major provisions. Each section describes the provision and gives additional details to help employers better understand and comply with the standard.

OSHA will soon be releasing a separate small entity compliance guide for the general industry and maritime silica standard. There are currently no plans to produce print versions of these publications. For more information, see OSHA Silica Rule Web page.