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Silica Enforcement Finds Lack of Risk Analysis

Jan. 7, 2019, 7:17 PM

Safety inspectors enforcing a new federal rule limiting worker exposure to hazardous silica dust are most likely to cite manufacturers for not meeting risk-assessment requirements.

A Bloomberg Law analysis of federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforcement records shows the most common provision violated by employers was the mandate for determining whether workers are likely to be exposed to silica dust at levels exceeding OSHA’s threshold.

Inhaling silica in dangerous amounts can scar lungs, making it difficult to breath, and is sometimes fatal.

The silica rule requires businesses where silica dust is a byproduct of manufacturing and distribution to periodically ...

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