Industry, Unions Lock Horns In OSHA Silica Rule Dust-Up

By Stan Parker (November 21, 2016, 6:57 PM EST) -- Industry and labor groups fired their opening salvos Friday in a D.C. Circuit proceeding challenging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new rules on worker exposure to silica dust in a wide range of industries, with the industry groups seeking a full repeal and the unions looking to bolster worker protections.

The rules, which update standards in place since 1971, dramatically restrict worker exposure to silica dust, a known cause of lung disease and cancer, imposing tighter standards on a wide range of industries from construction to oil and gas production. The regulations call for employer-covered medical examinations and halve the...

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