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Industry, Labor Briefs Disagree on Silica Rule Need, Scope

Nov. 21, 2016, 11:14 PM

Industry groups reiterated their opposition to OSHA’s silica rule, saying in briefs filed in federal court it was costly and unnecessary, while labor organizations said it should apply to more sectors (N. Am.'s Bldg. Trade v. OSHA, D.D.C., 16-01105, briefs filed 11/18/16)

The silica rule sets a permissible exposure limit for airborne crystalline silica of 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air (50 μg/m3) for general industry, construction and maritime employers. It cuts in half the previous limit for general industry and is 80 percent lower than the previous construction and maritime industry standard.

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