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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, November 21, 2011

The Fight Over Exposure To Silica Dust

There seems to have been a lot of news concerning OSHA updating standards for dust.  In addition to combustible dust, slica dust is an issue.  Industry, congress, unions and OSHA have been skirmishing over an OSHA proposal on silica dust that has been stalled at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for close to 300 days.

An article publish in "The Hill" describes what has been happening. You can read the article here.  One of the opening paragraphs describes OSHA's proposal saying:

"It would limit exposure to crystalline silica, a common element in the earth’s crust, for general industry, maritime and construction professionals, according to an OMB summary. The proposal could have an annual impact of more than $100 million spread across several industries."

The article also pints out:

"But health advocates and unions insist that current regulations put workers in harm’s way and are pushing for the debate to occur in the “correct” forum — after the initial rule is published and the proposed exposure limits are disclosed."

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