NRCA opposes OSHA silica regulation implementation
NRCA is exploring opportunities for delay and/or modification of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) regulation that dramatically would reduce the permissible exposure level for silica dust on construction sites. Under the regulation, the adoption of new engineering controls will be necessary to ensure compliance with the stricter limits in some roofing operations and may require workers to use wet cutting methods and respiratory protection. NRCA opposed the regulation because of member concerns compliance will be infeasible and mandated engineering controls will increase fall hazards for workers. NRCA is working toward having the Trump administration delay the effective date of the regulation for the construction industry, which currently is June 23, 2017, by one year to June 23, 2018 (which is the current effective date for general industry). A one-year delay will give administration officials time to review the regulation for possible modification and allow more time for the court to rule upon litigation challenging the rule. NRCA also is working to determine exposure levels in various roofing operations to help members who will be affected with compliance when the regulation takes effect.