Silica ETS Readopted

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has adopted a slightly modified version of the silica emergency temporary standard (ETS), first adopted in December 2023. The Board intends to readopt the ETS in August before voting on the permanent version, which will have its public hearing in June. The adoption is slated by the end of the year. … Read More »

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Silica Advisory Committee Next Week

Cal/OSHA’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health will hold its first advisory meeting on Wednesday, August 9th, about the newly authorized emergency temporary standard for silicosis prevention in the engineered stone industry. According to DOSH, the changes will clarify worker protections when cutting and polishing artificial stone and similarly hazardous materials. In July, the Standards … Read More »

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Standards Board Okays Silica Emergency Temporary Standard

Cal/OSHA’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health and Standards Board has approved beginning work on an emergency temporary standard to protect engineered stone fabrication industry employees from silica exposure. Work is set to begin in the next few weeks. The ETS will be followed by permanent changes to Cal/OSHA’s current silica standard, General Industry Safety … Read More »

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Cal/OSHA Will Have Silica ETS

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board, overruling its staff recommendation, has approved promulgating a controversial emergency temporary standard. The standard requires the fabricated stone industry to protect employees from silica exposure.   … Read More »

Normal Consumption ETS

As expected, Cal/OSHA’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health is readopting its emergency standard on “normal consumption” of personal protective equipment in hospitals. The rule is based on AB 2537, a 2020 law mandating that hospitals have what it deems as an adequate supply of surgical masks, powered air-purifying respirators, elastomeric respirators, isolation gowns, eye … Read More »

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