Controlling Silica Exposure Using Table 1

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When working with materials containing silica, if you follow the requirements specified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Table 1 fully and completely, you will not be required to do air monitoring and will be assumed to be below the permissible exposure limit.

Table 1 matches common construction tasks with dust control methods. That way, contractors know exactly what they need to do to limit worker exposures to silica.

These resources have been pulled from multiple manufacturers and OSHA to help you comply with the silica rule that went into effect Sept. 23 and is now being enforced by OSHA.

Stationary masonry saws

Handheld power saws (any blade diameter)

Handheld power saws for cutting fiber-cement board (with blade diameter of 8 inches or less)

James Hardie:

Walk-behind saws

Rig-mounted core saws or drills

Handheld and stand-mounted drills (including impact and rotary hammer drills)

Jackhammers and handheld powered chipping tools

Handheld grinders for uses other than mortar removal

More Resources

OSHA’s website has the details of the enhanced requirements that took effect Sept. 23. NAHB has a Silica in Construction Toolkit that includes helpful guidance and a set of tools and products sold by manufacturers to aid in compliance related to silica dust.

Please note: NAHB does not review, approve or endorse the products or claims provided by these manufacturers, or any product or tool manufacturers. The above resources are collected for informational purposes only and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of products or services available, and should not be treated as such.

NAHB specifically disclaims any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, which may be incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, in the use or application of any of the materials or claims identified in this or any other posting on NAHB’s website.

For additional information, contact Rob Matuga at 800-368-5242 x8507.

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