Industry Loses Appeal to Silica Rule

Late December 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the business community’s challenges to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new silica dust standard. Therefore, IEC contractors must continue to comply with the new standard for which enforcement began in September 2017.

The court rejected the challenge by the private sector, which asserted that OSHA did not provide substantial evidence to support the rule making. Contractors seeking assistance with compliance can reference this Silica Program and Written Exposure Control Plan, which can be tailored to your company. Other tools and information that may prove useful include OSHA’s Help for Employers page, Ogletree’s Latest From OSHA on Silica in Construction Enforcement Summary, and these training presentations.