The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) yesterday announced it will further delay the enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry.
Originally scheduled to begin June 23, enforcement is now set to begin Sept. 23, 2017.
OSHA stated in a press release that the delayed implementation is “due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard” and that it would be conducting “additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.”
However, the rule will continue to be challenged by NAHB and its fellow members of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC). Soon after learning of the additional delay, the CISC released this statement:
“The Construction Industry Safety Coalition is pleased that OSHA has recognized the need to develop guidance material for the construction industry before enforcing the silica rule, and we remain committed to working with the agency to create a feasible standard that promotes safe and healthy jobsites.
“While the CISC appreciates the 90-day delay in enforcement, the CISC remains concerned about the overall feasibility of the standard in construction and has requested that the agency delay enforcement for a year.”
For additional information on the new rule, contact Rob Matuga at 202-266-8507.