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Occupational Safety and Health Administration reviewing silica regulation

OSHA issued a formal Request for Information regarding its occupational exposure to crystalline silica regulation for the construction industry, which was issued in 2016 and took effect in 2017. The RFI, which invites stakeholder input regarding possible revisions to the regulation, is the result of continued efforts by NRCA and other organizations in the Construction Industry Safety Coalition to work with the agency to address aspects of the regulation problematic for construction contractors. On Sept. 4, NRCA representatives met with other industry officials to discuss how best to coordinate the responses to the RFI, which will include recommended changes to the regulation to make it less burdensome for construction employers. NRCA intends to submit comments that reiterate member concerns that engineering controls necessary to ensure compliance with the regulation increase fall risks for roofing workers and urge OSHA to address this important safety issue. Public comments are due Oct. 15, and the RFI can be found by clicking here.


9/29/2019



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