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OSHA Proposes to Lower PEL for Crystalline Silica

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels announced a new proposed rule issued by the agency that would set a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour day. This rule has been awaiting action at OIRA, the OMB gatekeeper office for proposed federal regulations, for more than a year, so the announcement is major news for employers in construction, natural gas drilling, and some in general industry, as well.

Michaels did not explain why the rule has been bottled up for so long. Instead, he said OSHA personnel were still conducting analyses and making field visits until recently, suggesting those had delayed its publication. He also said public hearings will begin in March 2014 in Washington, D.C., and urged the public to participate by visiting www.osha.gov/silica and reading fact sheets about the rule. (more…)