NDA Asks OSHA to Withdraw Proposed Silica Rule

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NDA joins fellow organizations in the Construction Industry Safety Coalition responding to the OSHA rule that recommends a drastic reduction in the permissible exposure limit for respirable silica.

National Demolition Association (NDA), as part of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), today requested the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) withdraw its proposed rule to drastically lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of crystalline silica for the demolition and construction industry.

“From the point of view of the demolition industry, OSHA’s proposed crystalline silica rule is unworkable,” said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, Executive Director of the NDA. “We do not feel that OSHA has demonstrated that the proposed PEL can be met by demolition industry stakeholders involved in most of the operations we undertake.”

“Not only has OSHA not adequately shown that the proposal is technologically and economically feasible, but it has drastically underestimated the cost of the proposed rule, which has been estimated to cost the demolition and construction industry at the very least $2.2 billion per year to implement,” Taylor said.

“The NDA, along with its fellow member organizations which make up the CISC, welcome the chance to productively collaborate with OSHA on the standard to find the most common sense way to continue the trend of reducing crystalline silica exposure on demolition and construction jobsites,” Taylor noted.

About the National Demolition Association

The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing approximately 800 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process. Membership includes demolition contractors, general contractors, civil engineering firms, and recycling, landfill, and salvage operations. The association’s efforts help members stay abreast of environmental, regulatory and safety matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness, and provide members with networking opportunities and information on the latest technical advances in equipment and services. The website is http://www.demolitionassociation.com. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/demolitionassoc; Twitter: @ndamakingway

About the Construction Industry Safety Coalition

The CISC is made up of 25 trade associations. The coalition represents associations from all sectors of the construction and demolition 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 jobsites 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

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