A Patrick Kapust, OSHA’s deputy director of the Directorate of Enforcement Programs, said that the agency will honor and consider “good faith” efforts to comply with new silica standards during the first 30 days of enforcement. Kapust made the comments at the 2017 National Safety Council Congress & Expo on Monday in Indianapolis and it was first reported by Business Insurance. The agency did not specify in the rule, which went into effect on September 23rd, how it would evaluate whether an employer is acting in good faith to comply with the silica rule. However, Kapust did say in the same speech that this grace period is not a departure for the agency.
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