OSHA Revives Controversial Safety Rules
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
On Dec. 21, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed that it has sent long-delayed rules intended to protect construction and manufacturing workers from exposure to silica dust to the White House for final approval. The Office of Management and Budget will have 90 days to review the rules. The contents of the final rule have not been made public, but the August 2013 proposed rule sought to cut silica exposure in half to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air. Exposure to silica dust has been linked to cancer and other serious health problems, so labor groups have been critical of the delays and are calling for a swift review of the final rule.
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