WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a memorandum outlining the initial enforcement of the standard for respirable crystalline silica in general industry and maritime. Most provisions of the standard become enforceable on June 23, 2018. The standard establishes a new 8-hour time-weighted average permissible exposure limit, action level, and associated ancillary requirements.
Full details here: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/topics/silicacrystalline/gi_maritime.html
Work to restore the Otis Hotel in downtown Spokane was stopped this month after air quality inspectors found signs of asbestos and no sign the developer had hired a certified contractor to deal with the cancer-causing material.
Notices posted March 9 on the doors of the old hotel show an “order of immediate restraint,” which halts all work as the state Department of Labor and Industries investigates if proper handling and disposal of any asbestos-laden materials has been done.
News article in the Tacoma News Tribune regarding a project we recently completed for Pierce County.
Asbestos project documentation is important!
Washington State AG Ferguson accuses asbestos contractor of falsifying disposal documents.
Great article and downloadable PDF regarding hidden hazardous materials liability carried by Architects and other Professionals on construction, renovation and demolition projects.
Check it out here: AIA California Council