Employers May Face New Silica Rules When The Dust Settles

Law360, New York (September 13, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT) -- On Aug. 23, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released notice of a proposed rule to set a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica, among other requirements for controlling workplace exposure to silica. For all industries (general, construction and maritime), the new rule would protect against silica exposure above the PEL of 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air (50 μg/m3), averaged over an eight-hour day.

The proposed rule marks a dramatic change to the current PEL level as it would reduce...
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