Construction companies take note. OSHA has issued a final rule to protect workers from exposure to crystalline silica.

Comprised of two standards, one for construction and one for general industry and maritime, OSHA estimates the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 more cases of silicosis each year once its effects are fully realized. Construction employers must comply with most requirements of the standard by June 23, 2017.

The Utility Contractors Association of Connecticut will hold an informational lunch and learn on Wednesday, January 18 featuring Lynne Matteson, compliance safety and health officer for the United States Department of Labor OSHA Hartford-area office.

Attendees will learn:

  • What construction companies will need to do to prepare for the new standard
  • What the standard requires
  • Who is affected
  • Alternative exposure standards
  • Common construction tasks requiring dust control standards
  • How to get your company in compliance with the new rules

The program costs $40 per person and is being held at the Baci Grill Restaurant and Banquet Facility in Cromwell. Those interested in attending should email Matthew Hallisey.