Silica Exposure Control Safety Plan Template - General Industry

Silica Exposure Control Plan Template (General Industry): Do-It-Yourself


Developed by Certified Safety Professionals (CSP)


Immediate Download - Word Document


Do-it-yourself and customize your own silica exposure control plan and implement immeditaley.


The template is in Word and a fully editable document that you will have the copywrights to and comes with tips and guidance for development and implemenation.


Quick and Simple Process:

  1. Download
  2. Replace text with your own logos, names, and work practices
  3. Implement


Table of Contents:

  • Policy Statement
  • Scope
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Plan Review and Update
  • Definitions
  • Hazard Assessment
  • Health Risks
  • Exposure Assessment
  • Exposure Control Methods
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Hygiene Facilities and Practices
  • Training
  • Recordkeeping
  • Task Specific Exposure Control Plan


The Silica Exposure Control Plan template serves as the required Written Exposure Control Plan (Plan) and applies to general industry workplaces, including concrete products, stone cutting, foundries, dental laboratories, pottery ready-mix concrete, and structural clay products containing crystalline silica. Hydraulic fracturing operations in the oil and gas industry are also impacted by the rule. These activities can expose workers to silica dust, which can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause disabling and sometimes fatal lung diseases, including silicosis and lung cancer, as well as kidney disease.


For general industry activities that generate silica dust, housekeeping practices, exposure and work practice controls, medical surveillance, recordkeeping, and worker training are covered under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) workplace safety rule for respirable crystalline silica (RCS) at 29 CFR 1910.1053. This Plan is developed in accordance with the requirements in 29 CFR 1910.1053(f)(2).


The Plan template does not apply to tasks that involve low exposures and where worker exposure remains below 25 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) for an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) under foreseeable conditions.


Related rules. The employer must also implement a respiratory protection program that complies with OSHA’s Respiratory Standard 29 CFR 1910.134(b) to 1910.134(d) (except 19 CFR 1910.134(d)(1)(iii)) and 29 CFR 1910.134(f) to 1910.134(m)), an employee training and information program that complies with the Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard 29 CFR 1910.1200 and 29 CFR 1910.1053(j)(3), and maintain medical records in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.1020.


Plan elements. This template Plan incorporates the following elements required by OSHA:

  • A description of the tasks in the workplace that involve exposure to RCS
  • A description of the engineering controls, work practices, and respiratory protection used to limit employee exposure to RCS for each task;
  • A description of the housekeeping measures used to limit employee exposure to RCS; and
  • A description of the procedures used to restrict access to work areas, when necessary, to minimize the number of employees exposed to RCS and their level of exposure, including exposures generated by other employers or sole proprietors.


The employer’s written exposure control plan can also include anything else deemed important about keeping employees safe from RCS at the specific worksite.

Silica Exposure Control Safety Plan Template - General Industry