OSHA's Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime, discusses methods of compliance, such as using engineering and work practice controls
, assessing exposure levels, respirator use, medical surveillance, and written exposure plans.
Employers are required to exhaust all feasible engineering controls to reduce exposures below the PEL before implementation of work practice controls
or respiratory protection.
In order to prevent LAIs, engineering controls, work practice controls
, and PPE should always be employed.
In the efforts to protect waterborne paints from microbial growth, manufacturers have enhanced plant hygiene and developed work practice controls
that ensure product integrity throughout the supply chain.
Education, acceptance and engagement of staff on the use of safety devices as well as selection of safer, user-friendly safety devices and focused work practice controls
are critical to reduce injury.
A successful policy should also include engineering, administrative and work practice controls
or actions to reduce or eliminate the hazards, including a review of the proper use of lifting aids and when to use these devices; education and training of workers and management and an effective disciplinary system.
Provide respiratory protection: (1) where exposures exceed the PEL during periods necessary to install or implement feasible engineering and work practice controls
; (2) where exposures exceed the PEL during work operations for which engineering and work practice controls
are not feasible; (3) during work operations for which an employer has implemented all feasible engineering and work practice controls
and such controls are not sufficient to reduce exposures to or below the PEL; and (4] during periods when the employee is in a regulated area or when an access control requires use of a respirator.
Employers must comply with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, which requires a written exposure control plan, use of engineering and work practice controls
, appropriate personal protective equipment, and provision of hepatitis B vaccine to employees assigned to jobs with occupational exposure risk (2).
(22) This required compliance with elements such as exposure control plans, use of standard (universal) precautions, engineering and work practice controls
, post-exposure follow-up and prophylaxis, and prohibition of high-risk practices such as recapping.
The law requires employers to use work practice controls
and engineered safety devices to minimize or eliminate the risk of exposure.