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Construction Companies Get 90 More Days to Meet Silica Rule

April 6, 2017, 9:44 PM

Construction companies have three extra months to comply with OSHA’s tougher requirements for protecting workers from breathable silica, the agency announced April 6.

The new compliance deadline is Sept. 23, three months later than the previous one set for June 23, according to the memorandum from Dorothy Dougherty, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s deputy assistant secretary with oversight of the agency’s enforcement directorate.

The compliance deadline for most other employers, such as manufacturers, continues to be June 23, 2018.

In justifying the extension, Dougherty said that the construction standard “has a number of unique features warranting development...

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