Will There Be a New Silica Standard for Construction in NY Us

OSHA Proposes New Silica Standard for Construction Industry

Paul Hofmann
Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

The rule is not yet final and may not be implemented for some time. However, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has recently taken an important step in the fight against silica related illnesses in the construction industry. On September 12, 2013, OSHA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica in the Federal Register.

Why A New Silica Standard for Construction and Other Industries?

OSHA’s reason for the proposed role is reportedly because silica is dangerous. The agency has said that exposure to silica can be fatal and that limiting such exposure is critically important. More specifically, OSHA expects that limiting exposure to silica could prevent 700 deaths from silicosis alone every year. That does not include the lives that may be saved if things such as lung cancer and kidney disease are also prevented.

The Proposed Rule

The proposed silica standard for construction and other industries would change rules that were enacted several decades ago. More specifically, the proposed rule would:

  • Change the amount of permissible exposure over an 8-hour day.
  • Improve silica dust control procedures and provide respirators as necessary.
  • Provide medical exams every three years for certain workers.
  • Improve training.

Additional safeguards are also included in the proposed rule. However, we do not yet know what the final silica standard for construction will be or when it will be enacted.

Call a New York Construction Lawyer If You’ve Been Hurt By Silica

If you work, or have worked, with silica then the damage may have already been done. If you develop a silica-related illnesses such as silicosis, lung cancer or kidney disease then we encourage you to contact an experienced New York construction accident attorney as soon as possible at 800-362-9329 and to learn more about your rights by reading our FREE brochure, “Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone.”