Labor Union Calls for Immediate Action on OSHA Silica Standard

By Laura Walter,

For more than 2 years, OSHA’s proposed revisions to its silica standard have languished with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) – a period stretching long past the standard 90-day OMB review period. The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) recently called for progress on the standard and created a petition asking for immediate action to protect workers from occupational silica exposure.

In the 2 years since OSHA submitted its draft proposed rule to OMB in February 2011, safety stakeholders repeatedly have urged OMB to finish its review. Completing the review process and releasing the proposal for publication is just the first step in a lengthy review process, LIUNA stressed.

OSHA rulemaking requires public hearings and extensive opportunities for public input. Some industry and business groups have opposed the standard, citing concerns related to cost, how the rule would be structured and whether adequate monitoring techniques are available.

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