How will the crystalline silica rule protect workers’ health?

The new rule requires that employers use engineering controls − such as ventilation and wet methods for cutting and sawing crystalline silica-containing materials − to reduce workers’ exposure to silica dust. Once the full effects of the rule are realized, OSHA expects it to prevent 600 deaths a year from silica-related diseases – such as silicosis, lung cancer, other respiratory diseases and kidney disease – and to prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year.