OSHA will move forward with its new rules on silica exposure, despite litigation from the opposition. The Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica rule will reduce the permissible exposure for crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour shift, from the current 100 micrograms per cubic meter of air standard for general industry. The limits are considered unattainable by some groups. Construction employers are required to comply with the new rule by June 23rd, 2017, while general industry, maritime and hydraulic fracturing employers would have an additional year for most requirements. According to Business Insurance, OSHA has received 11 separate petitions filed by industry and labor stakeholders challenging various aspects of the rule, with two voluntarily withdrawn and one expected to be withdrawn shortly.
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