Safety Coalition seeks extension in OSHA silica rule compliance for contractors

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The ABC-led Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) recently requested the Department of Labor delay enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s final rule on silica exposure, effective for construction employers on June 23, 2017, and general industry employers a year later.

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Safety Coalition: OSHA silica rule cost estimate off by $4.5 billion

Source: Construction Industry Safety Coalition, Washington, D.C.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s proposed standards covering respirable crystalline silica will cost contractors and their suppliers $5 billion per year—nearly $4.5 billion above estimates agency officials indicated in September 2013, when they outlined a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for construction and general industry workplaces.

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