On October 3, 2013, NECA formally requested
a 90-day extension for the comment period and the public hearing on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed rule to reduce the permissible exposure to silica dust. On October 31, 2013, OSHA announced an extension
of the deadline for submitting comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica for an additional 47 days and a delay to the start of the public hearings by two weeks.
NECA’s primary concern with the proposed rule is that the data used to set the exposure limits appear to be based on the mining industry, not construction. It also includes various new requirements that are impractical and overly complicated to implement. Additional time is necessary for NECA to provide meaningful comments and suggested revisions based on these facts.