OSHA Begins Enforcement of New Silica Dust Standards

On September 23rd, OSHA officially began enforcement of its revised standards for crystalline silica dust in the workplace impacting the concrete industry, with a second ruling affecting the general and maritime industries going into effect on June 23, 2018. The roll out has not been without its bumps in the road, however, and some hurdles still remain. The new ruling has brought blowback from those within the construction industry in particular who argue that these stricter guidelines are difficult to meet and train workers on in the amount of time …

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Combustible Dust Safety Crucial Despite OSHA’s New Agenda

After years of delaying an analysis on combustible dust standards affecting general industry, any anticipation that safety measures would be improved came to a halt last week when the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under President Trump abandoned any discussion of changing current regulations, citing a strain on resources and other priorities. OSHA started the rulemaking process to develop a combustible dust standard for general industry back in 2009. The Trump Administration said the changes represent “the beginning of fundamental regulatory reform and a reorientation …

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