OSHA Considers Silica Rule Changes

By on November 9, 2018

From ConstructionDive:  OSHA is asking for input on potential changes to its silica rule standard, according to the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Management and Budget Fall 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.

The agency’s pre-rule-stage request for information pertains to control measures for tasks and tools that are not currently included in the Table 1 section of the rule, as well as tasks and tools around exposure to respirable crystalline silica. As the silica rule stands right now, contractors who use Table 1 control methods are not required to measure their employees’ exposure and do not have to abide by the permissible exposure limits. The agency is also soliciting input on the effectiveness of dust control methods in reducing worker exposure to silica. Responses to OSHA’s notice are due by December of this year.

Also included in the latest unified agenda was an OSHA final rule notice regarding changes to the agency’s tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses requirement. Set to become final in June 2019 pending comments and additional review, the new provision would eliminate the requirement that establishments with 250 or more employees submit Forms 300 and 301 electronically. Those establishments would still have to electronically report information from Form 300A. The agency estimated that the change will save employers $8.7 million a year.

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