Sources: CP staff; Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Concrete, aggregate and cement interests are well represented in parties challenging the rationale, compliance costs and burdens—along with a timeline from announcement (August 28) to close of a four-month public comment period (February 11)—tied to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica.
Source: American Chemistry Council, Washington, D.C.
The American Chemistry Council Crystalline Silica Panel, whose 16 members include Lafarge North America, Vulcan Materials Co., James Hardie Building Products and the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, resolutely questions the basis for the OSHA-proposed halving of the permissible exposure limit (PEL) to respirable crystalline silica.
ConExpo-Con/Agg will open next month with the industry and attendees enjoying signals of market strengths and business prospects absent in the prior two shows, 2008 and 2011. Concrete plant and fleet equipment manufacturers are set to arrive in Las Vegas with renewed optimism for market improvement.