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AM EMPLOYMENT LAW ALERT
APRIL 2017


OSHA DELAYS ENFORCEMENT OF SILICA RULE FOR 90 DAYS
By Tony Stergio

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced Thursday that it will delay enforcement of its silica rule for the construction industry for 90 days, from the initial date of June 23rd to the new deadline of September 23th. 

The agency said it granted the delay in order to secure additional guidance for the rule “due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard.” 

Kellie Vazquez, Vice President of Holes, Inc., who is the Concrete, Sawing & Drilling Association’s liaison within the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, said, “We are very excited for this news.  The 90-day extension is a great start, but we are pushing for a year delay and that discussion certainly isn’t over.  There are many companies who weren’t aware just how much the former administration’s silica rule would impact them, and are now realizing the extent of the issues.”

It will be interesting to see what further action (and possible future delays) the Trump Administration takes in relation to this rule, given the Administration’s recent rollback of numerous other Obama Administration rules.

For more information please contact Tony Stergio at 713.850.4214 or via email.


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