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New Silica Rule

New Silica Rule in Effect 4/23/18

This rulemaking creates chapter 296-840 WAC, Respirable Crystalline Silica, and amends WAC 296-841-20025, Permissible exposure limits (PELs), and WAC 296-307-62625, Permissible exposure limits of air contaminants. These amendments update references to the respirable crystalline silica rule.

The effective date of the rule is April 23, 2018, and the compliance dates are as follows: For occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica in construction work, employers must comply with all obligations of the rule by October 1, 2018. For all occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica other than construction work, employers must comply with all obligations of the rule by July 1, 2019,

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