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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a set of 53 frequently asked questions to provide guidance to both employers and employees in the construction industry on its silica standard. The OSHA document is organized by topic and an introductory paragraph is included for each group to provide background information about the underlying regulatory requirements.

Topics of questions in the document include the scope of the standard, definitions, exposure, control methods, housekeeping on construction worksites, written exposure control plan guidelines, medical surveillance, record keeping, and employee information and training. The document clarifies that tasks in which employees are working with silica products that are handled while wet are likely to generate exposures outside the scope of the standard. Additionally, silica generating tasks performed for 15 minutes or less a day will fall outside the scope of the standard.

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