NDA asks OSHA to withdraw proposed silica rule

By |  February 20, 2014

The National Demolition Association (NDA) requested the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) withdraw its proposed rule to drastically lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of crystalline silica for the demolition and construction industry.

“From the point of view of the demolition industry, OSHA’s proposed crystalline silica rule is unworkable,” says Michael Taylor, NDA executive director. “We do not feel that OSHA has demonstrated that the proposed PEL can be met by demolition industry stakeholders involved in most of the operations we undertake.

“Not only has OSHA not adequately shown that the proposal is technologically and economically feasible, but it has drastically underestimated the cost of the proposed rule, which has been estimated to cost the demolition and construction industry at the very least $2.2 billion per year to implement,” Taylor continues.

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