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Hazard Alerts About Exposure to Silica

February 20, 2015

On February 18, 2015, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Safety and Health Administration issued a Hazard Alert (NIOSH) about “Worker Exposure to Silica during Countertop Manufacturing, Finishing and Installation.” The Marble Institute of America (MIA), Natural Stone Council (NSC) and other allied associations were consulted and, for the most part, the advice and counsel was used for the final version.

OSHA is currently in the process of analyzing the substantial comments it received on its proposed silica rule, which the agency has scheduled to take place through at least the middle of this year. In a recent meeting, Jordan Barab, the deputy assistant secretary of labor for OSHA, reiterated that issuing a final silica rule by the end of the current administration was a top priority.

OSHA also released a two-page infographic entitlted, “How OSHA’s Silica Proposal Impacts Construction.”The document highlights written comments on OSHA’s proposal in a quick and clear manner by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), a group comprised of 25 trade associations including the MIA and NSC.

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