The National Association of Home Builders has issued a response to the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new silica exposure standards. NAHB Chairman Ed Brady has urged Congress to take steps against the new ruling saying that the new rule will “do great harm to businesses, consumers, and the economy.”

Appearing before the House Education and Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, Brady represented 25 trade group members calling the regulation the following:

  1. Technologically impracticable
  2. Economically unfeasible
  3. Unworkable in terms of required medical surveillance of construction industry workers
  4. The wrong solution to make the workplace safer

“We strongly urge OSHA to re-examine and reassess how its final rule will negatively harm the construction industry, job growth, consumers and the economy while doing little to improve the health and safety of industry workers,” said Brady. “Given that it is unlikely the agency will change course, Congress must take the lead and act swiftly to craft legislation that will keep this fundamentally flawed rule from taking effect."

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