The Occupational Health and Safety Administration's (OSHA) proposed silica rule has cleared the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The rule is designed to lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of crystalline silica to workers in the construction industry. The crystalline silica can cause a myriad of serious health problems for those who inhale the dust. While the rule has good intentions to protect the workforce, industry professionals are concerned with its monetary implications.
OSHA has estimated that the rule will cost the construction industry approximately $511 million to implement, however, analyses show that this number is grossly underestimated. Economic analysts estimate the cost to be closer to $4.9 billion per year, and likely to increase given the present state of the economy.
The final rule has yet to be published. For more information, follow the link below.