Posted October 2, 2017

OSHA extends enforcement deadline for construction silica rule

Companies have 30 days to comply with new rules. 

Construction firms will have an extra 30 days to comply with the new, tougher Occupational Safety and Health Administration standard for airborne silica in the industry's job sites.

OSHA did begin enforcing the construction silica regulation on Sept. 23. But Thomas Galassi, Labor Dept. acting deputy assistant secretary, said in a Sept. 20 memo to regional OSHA administrators that, for 30 days, the agency’s compliance officers will not issue penalties to employers that demonstrate a “good faith effort” to meet the new requirements.

Companies that do not appear to be taking steps to comply, however, may receive citations, Galassi said. 

A coalition of construction industry groups has challenged the rule in court, contending that it is not technically or economically feasible and does not take the constantly changing nature of construction work into consideration.

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