Gary Glader discusses the final rule from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule regarding respirable crystalline silica.
On April 6, 2017 OSHA announced its intent to delay enforcement of the “Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction”. Construction employers must comply with all provisions in the standard by September 23, 2017.
Labor, employer, and business groups filed suit in federal courts after the standard was published on March 25, 2017 arguing the rule “is both technologically and economically infeasible”. It is unknown when these cases will be heard and what the outcomes may be.
Interestingly, groups representing labor reject aspects of the standard and specifically the medical monitoring provisions. The transitional nature of the construction workforce may literally expose workers to numerous chest x-rays in the course of a year as employers require the examinations to comply with the OSHA standard.
Considering the relatively short extension to comply, the complexity of the new standard, and the fact nearly every contractor may be impacted, we are advising affected employers to start developing the strategies and programs necessary to comply by the extended enforcement deadline of September 23. Please contact your Horton representative if you have questions.
Under this rule, employers will be subject to new standards for protecting workers. The rule is effective June 23, 2016, but employers have either one or two years to comply, depending on their industry. Click here to video a safety brief on this topic.
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