OSHA Further delays Silica Rule Enforcement

OSHA Further Delays Silica Rule Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a 90-day delay of the enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry. Originally scheduled to begin enforcement on June 23, 2017, it will now start Sept. 23, 2017.

For remodelers, the rule means that dust generated by sawing, grinding, drilling, or impacting silica-containing materials such as concrete, mortar, bricks/blocks, rocks and even soil must be controlled and eliminated to reduce workers’ exposure.

OSHA stated the delay is “due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard” and they would conduct “additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.”

NAHB will continue to lead the charge challenging the standard along with fellow members of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), with concerns about its overall feasibility in construction.

For more information, contact Rob Matuga at 202-266-8507.