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Silica Rule Changes Medical Surveillance Mandates

March 30, 2016, 6:46 PM

The final version of OSHA’s silica rule includes several changes to medical surveillance requirements sought by health and workers’ organizations.

However, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration turned down a union request to add a medical removal protection provision intended to allow employees to continue working after they are diagnosed with a silica-related disease.

Peg Seminario, the AFL-CIO’s director of safety and health, told Bloomberg BNA March 29 that from the union’s initial review of the rule, the AFL-CIO is pleased that the final standard triggers the medical surveillance requirements at the action level, the same level...

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