OMB extends review of OSHA’s silica rule

Washington – The Office of Management and Budget has extended its review of OSHA’s proposed final rule on occupational exposure to crystalline silica.

The review process typically takes about 90 days. OMB has been reviewing the proposed rule on silica since Feb. 14, and extended the review in mid-May.

Since late March, representatives from OSHA, OMB and the Department of Labor have met several times to discuss the rule with numerous stakeholders, including representatives from labor, industry and the scientific community. To date, five meetings have taken place. Some stakeholders have suggested lowering the permissible exposure limit; others have argued that the PEL is at an effective level.

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