Site Map Icon
RSS Feed icon
 
 
 

Member Login
Username:

Password:


Not registered yet?
Click Here to sign-up

Forgot Your Login?
  Member Resources  
     
OSHA Delays Start of Silica Exposure Rule Enforcement
Posted On: Apr 08, 2017

By Mark Gruenberg
Press Associates Inc.

WASHINGTON (PAI) — Citing the need for better education of construction firms and workers about how to battle exposure to cancer-causing crystalline silica dust, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) delayed the start of enforcement of its new silica exposure rule by three months.

In its April 6 statement, the agency said it needs “to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers” because of “the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard.”

So enforcement will start on Sept. 23, 2017, not June 23, the agency said. OSHA’s new standard would cut worker exposure to silica, now 100 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift, to 50 micrograms/cubic meter. Workers who inhale the dust can develop silicosis or lung cancer.

The delay upset the AFL-CIO which, like the building trades, has lobbied for years to curb worker exposure to silica dust.

“The labor movement has fought for decades to win this lifesaving rule, and any further delay is unacceptable. The longer the Trump administration delays, the more workers will suffer and die. This action alone will lead to an additional 160 worker deaths. We will do everything possible to make sure this commonsense rule is not taken away. Workers’ lives are at stake,” Federation President Richard Trumka said.

OSHA did not say what it would do about the enforcement start for silica exposure for other industries, in 2018. And the delay doesn’t mean OSHA will walk away from cutting construction worker exposure to silica dust.

“OSHA expects employers in the construction industry to continue to take steps either to come into compliance with the new permissible exposure limit or to implement specific dust controls for certain operations as provided in Table 1 of the standard,” it said. “Construction employers should also continue to prepare to implement the standard’s other requirements, including exposure assessment, medical surveillance, and employee training.”  

Graphic/ Hazards Magazine 



Teamsters 992 will resume posting on Monday, August 28, 2017. 


UnionActive Newswire
 
Join the Newswire!
Updated: Aug. 21 (18:05)

JCAESP Appointments & Sick Bank Updates
Jefferson County Association of Educational Support Personnel
Swissport Membership Meeting Notice for August 23 2017
Teamsters local 419
NVP Glover speaks on the Union Edge Radio station
AFGE 3rd District
UPS Rising Application & Website Launch
Teamsters Local 71
Workers Take Their Voice Back from Politicians in Missouri
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
Faith Alliance Breakfast: August 24th
Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO
 
     
 
 
Teamsters Local 992
Copyright © 2017, All Rights Reserved.
Powered By UnionActive™
Visit Unions-America.com!

Top of Page image