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The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) + 25 Trade Associations Request Repeal of OSHA Silica Proposal

Feb 11, 2014

NECA Urges OSHA to Withdraw Silica Rule

On February 10, 2014, the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) submitted formal comments to the Assistant Secretary of Labor, the Honorable David Michaels, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), urging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to withdraw the recently proposed silica rule, (Docket No. OSHA 2010-0034.)

In this letter, NECA, as part of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), requested the OSHA withdraw its proposed rule to drastically lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of crystalline silica for the construction industry. CISC comments to OSHA will be made available shortly.

  • OSHA‘s proposed crystalline silica rule is potentially the most far-reaching regulatory initiative proposed by OSHA for the construction industry
  • OSHA’s proposed rule is simply unworkable for the construction industry.
  • OSHA should withdraw its proposed rule until it can put forth a proposal that addresses the concerns set forth in the coalition’s comments.

OSHA has not in this proposed rule identified all job categories that would be affected, the sampling and actual exposure time for construction workers, the areas of a construction site and the environmental effects there and how exposures on jobsites with multiple employers would actually be considered.  NECA feels this is reason enough to warrant a much further review of this standard and how it could be rewritten to be practical in today’s construction arena. Any new rule should ultimately be practical, easy to read and understand, and in the interests of the agency, one that is enforceable.

View NECA's Comments Submitted to OSHA on February 10

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NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA contractors help customers achieve their goals for energy conservation, efficiency and renewable power. NECA’s national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development. For more information, visit www.necanet.org.

About the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC)

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition, (CISC), is made up of 25 trade associations. The coalition represents associations from all sectors of the construction industry, including commercial building, heavy industrial production, home building, road repair, specialty trade contractors and material suppliers. Workplace safety and health is a priority for all members of the coalition, and each is committed to helping create safer construction job-sites for workers. 
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • American Society of Concrete Contractors
  • American Subcontractors Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry
  • Building Stone Institute
  • Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association
  • Construction & Demolition Recycling Association
  • Distribution Contractors Association
  • Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
  • International Council of Employers of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
  • Leading Builders of America
  • Marble Institute of America
  • Mason Contractors Association of America
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of America
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Association of the Remodeling Industry
  • National Demolition Association
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • National Roofing Contractors Association
  • National Utility Contractors Association
  • Natural Stone Council
  • The Association of Union Constructors
  • Tile Roofing Institute