The new OSHA standard on silica goes “well beyond the capabilities of current air filtration and dust removal technologies,” Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of Associated General Contractors of America, told EHS Today, a publication devoted to jobsite safety.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also has criticized the rule, saying it will hurt small business owners and that OSHA hasn’t found a persuasive case to justify the cost and destructiveness of the new ruling on employers.
Marc Freedman, executive director of labor policy for the Chamber of Commerce, told EHS that the ruling is “neither technologically nor economically feasible.” Freedman further argued that, to comply with the ruling, business owners will have to use their limited resources and money for “unneeded mandates such as air monitoring, respirators, medical exams, restricted work areas, and record keeping.” EHS also said:
He [Freedman] claimed that OSHA’s rulemaking process for the silica regulation “displayed extreme bias and even deception.”
“During the administrative hearing, OSHA representatives conceded that critical testing data was not in the record, and routinely impeded the chamber’s ability to present its case. The agency relied on aged data and refused to consider modern protective technologies that would make compliance significantly less costly and burdensome."
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