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OSHA Looks at Easing Silica Rule Compliance for Builders (1)

Feb. 28, 2018, 11:06 PM; Updated: March 1, 2018, 12:12 AM

OSHA is aiming to make it easier for construction contractors to comply with the agency’s 2016 rule protecting workers from inhaling silica dust, a mineral that can cause lung disease, Labor Department officials said Feb. 28.

The agency is looking at expanding its list of safe construction practices that protect workers from breathing in silica while performing tasks such as polishing stone or cutting concrete, the officials told a gathering of attorneys in Santa Monica, Calif., focused on workplace safety issues.

“We are working with the construction community to see if we can add more tasks,” Ann Rosenthal, the...

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