Washington – Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez defended OSHA’s forthcoming silica standard to members of the House during a March 17 hearing convened by the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee.
Washington – Employees who work with stone countertops are at risk of crystalline silica exposure, and employers should take steps to protect them, OSHA and NIOSH stated Feb. 18 in a joint hazard alert.
For nearly three weeks, OSHA listened to stakeholders’ concerns and input during a series of hearings on the agency’s proposed crystalline silica rule. The end result, the agency hopes, is a final rule that better protects workers from the potentially deadly dust.
Amid all the back-and-forth between supporters and critics of OSHA’s proposed rule to reduce the permissible exposure limit for crystalline silica, it’s easy to forget that real lives are at stake – and in some cases, already lost.