Silica Standard (Part 6): Medical Surveillance Program

Miller & Martin PLLC Blog | November 19, 2018

The Silica Standard also requires a medical surveillance program be made available at no cost and at a reasonable time and place to construction employees required to use a respirator for 30 or more days a year and for any general industry employee exposed to 25 micro grams per cubic meter over an 8-hour average for 30 days or more per year.

The examination includes a history and physical, as well as certain testing if the employee elects to accept the medical surveillance program. The employer will retain a report identifying the dates of the examination, certification that the examination met the requirements of the Standard and any recommended limitations on employee’s use of a respirator.

The employee will separately obtain a separate written medical report containing additional information related to limitations on exposure to silica and whether the employee should be examined by another specialist.

Tags: OSHA, Crystalline Silica Standard, Medical Surveillance Program