Earlier today, OSHA issued a memorandum to all Regional Administrators informing them that “we have decided to delay enforcement of this standard [1926.1153] until September 23, 2017.” The agency noted that the additional time is necessary for the development of guidance materials and training for compliance officers. OSHA explained that it is currently developing educational materials that will soon be provided to the Regional Administrators and their staff.

The standard’s requirements were to be in effect beginning June 23, 2017. The construction industry now has until September 23, 2017 before compliance with OSHA’s new silica standard for construction takes effect.