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Cement Canada EPD covers standard, portland-limestone cements

Sources: CSA Group, Toronto; CP staff

Standards development, testing and certification services provider CSA has registered its first Environmental Product Declaration: “General Use (GU) and Portland-Limestone (GUL) Cements.” The document references (Canadian Standards Association) CSA A3001 product, mirroring ASTM C150 and C1157 plus AASHTO M85 standards, and reflects an industry average of product stage or cradle-to-gate data culled from six Cement Association of Canada (CAC) producer members.

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OSHA maps silica standard’s concrete plant compliance costs, target worker groups

Sources: Occupational Safety & Health Administration; CP staff

OSHA’s final Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica rule covers more than two million workers, including 134,600 in the Commerce Department-designated (NACIS) manufacturing segments of Ready Mixed Concrete, Concrete Block & Brick, Concrete Pipe and Other Concrete Products.

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Construction, business groups firmly opposed to revised silica exposure rule

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Alexandria, Va.; U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.

After brief review of a 1,772-page document, NRMCA Compliance and Operations staff reports that concerns the industry voiced in 2013-14 with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s proposed Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica rule had carried to a final version. Ahead of compliance assistance materials to be prepared through the NRMCA Operations, Environmental and Safety Committee, staff will update members as the rule’s concrete plant-specific requirements are analyzed.

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OSHA sets 2017, 2018 compliance deadlines in final silica exposure rule

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff

As indicated in initial proposals to revise and harmonize respirable silica dust thresholds for general industry and construction worksites, OSHA maintains limits—25 and 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour shift—for action levels and offering workers medical surveillance, respectively, in its final Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica rule.

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North American operations top 2015 performers in LafargeHolcim portfolio

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff

With $5.84 billion in cement, aggregate and ready mixed concrete sales, North America led five LafargeHolcim regions in 2015, besting overall figures from Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Middle East Africa businesses.

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