Washington State Silica Update

Posted: Apr 12, 2018

Rules filed March 20, 2018

Division: Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH)

Topic: Adoption (CR-103) – Respirable Crystalline Silica


Brief Description: This rulemaking creates chapter 296-840 WAC, Respirable Crystalline Silica, and amends WAC 296-841-20025, Permissible exposure limits (PELs), and WAC 296-307-62625, Permissible exposure limits of air contaminants. These amendments update references to the respirable crystalline silica rule.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA’s) final rule for Respirable Crystalline Silica in 29 CFR 1926.1153 (Construction) and 29 CFR 1910.1053 (General Industry/Maritime) became effective on June 23, 2016. The department is required to update their rules to be at least as effective as OSHA.

The department’s Respirable Crystalline Silica rule covers construction and general industry in one rule (chapter 296-840 WAC), whereas OSHA has separate rules for each. The new Silica chapter addresses and limits worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica in workplaces, with the intent of curbing lung cancer incidents, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in Washington workers.

The effective date of the rule is April 23, 2018, and the compliance dates are as follows:

• For occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica in construction work, employers must comply with all obligations of the rule by October 1, 2018.

• For all occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica other than construction work, employers must comply with all obligations of the rule by July 1, 2019, except:

• Employers must comply with the medical surveillance requirements for employees exposed above the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for thirty or more days per year beginning on July 1, 2019;

• Employers must comply with the medical surveillance requirements for employees exposed above the Action Level (Al) for thirty or more days per year beginning on June 23, 2020; and

• For hydraulic and fracturing operations in the oil and gas industry, employers must comply with the engineering control requirements beginning on July 1, 2022.

Effective date:  April 23, 2018

Changes to BCSP CSP Certification

Posted: Apr 12, 2018

Posted on BCSP website April 2nd, 2018:

Continuing to lead as the Gold Standard of safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) certifications, BCSP will require those who apply for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) to hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree beginning July 2, 2018.

This update reflects the growth in safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) knowledge, an integral component in the advancement of the profession. BCSP will continue that advancement by raising the bar, keeping CSPs at the forefront of SH&E practice.

Several other certifications accredited under ANSI 17024 require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. The requirement follows the findings in the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations’ (INSHPO) The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Professional Capability Framework, a consensus-based document developed from an international analysis of data from national professional associations and certification bodies and a key item in the Singapore Accord.

The Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification’s requirements will not change. Any person who applied, or will apply, for the CSP with an associate degree before July 2, 2018, will have several options to comply with the change in the education requirement. These options are open through December 31, 2020.

It is BCSP’s goal to ensure all certified professionals meet professional standards. Email notifications with all options explained have been sent to those affected.

More information on this change can be found in the FAQ Regarding the CSP Education Requirement Change.

Columbia Basin College IHST Information Session

Posted: Apr 12, 2018

Do you know others who are interested in becoming an Industrial Health and Safety Technician or Professional?  Columbia Basin College is hosting an information session about their new Industrial Health and Safety Technology program leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. Classes start in this Fall.

  • Date:   Tuesday, April 24, 2018
  • Time:   5:30-7:00pm
  • Where: CBC Pasco Campus’s Career & Technical Education Building, Room 123

More information about the courses and IHST degree can be found at

Nominations and Elections Information

Posted: Feb 26, 2018

It is a requirement of our bylaws to identify/publish the Nomination and Elections Committee Members no later than the end of February (see chapter bylaws:  Article VI, Section 1.).  The members making up this year’s Nominations and Elections Committee (for chapter year 2018-2019 elections) are:

Nominations and Elections Chairperson:
  • Traci Snyder
  • Ken Overby
  • Emily Millikin
  • Erin Davis

In the event that a member or members off the Nominations and Elections Committee are chosen to run for an office shall “…resign from the Nominations and Elections Committee and be replaced with non-candidate members appointed by the same officer who initially appointed the resigning member.”

The Nominations and Elections Committee will continue to take nominations for the following Chapter positions through 2/28/18:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Delegate

If you have any questions regarding the nominations/election process, or would like to submit a nomination – please contact Traci Snyder at

Columbia Basin College’s Industrial Health and Safety Technology AAS Degree Program

Posted: Jan 22, 2018

Columbia Basin College’s Industrial Health and Safety Technology AAS degree program has been approved and is now accepting students. The first IHST program course is set for next fall, but students can begin taking classes right away to complete their General Education.

Please help us pass the word out to those with High School students and others interested in a Health and Safety career. Those with CSP’s and CIH’s might consider taking a class or two to earn points toward their recertification.

Information on CBC’s IHST program can be found at