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Regulators Seek Input on Shielding Workers From Silica Dust

July 30, 2019, 8:23 PM

Construction companies, tool manufacturers, and others looking to comply with rules that aim to protect workers from silica dust would get to share their ideas with regulators if a proposal now under review by the White House is approved.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration submitted to the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs on July 29 a long-awaited proposal to revise its silica rule’s list of acceptable practices for limiting workers’ exposure to the dust, called Table 1.

Silica dust is typically produced during construction when workers cut or drill into concrete, stone, or bricks. Overexposure ...