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OSHA Requests Feedback On Silica Standard

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently seeking industry feedback on its respirable crystalline silica standard as it applies to construction. The comment period ...


BASF to Invest Millions in Silica Plant

Chemical company BASF recently announced that it is investing a “mid-range double-digit euro million sum” into its silica plant in Düsseldorf, Germany.


OSHA Issues New Silica Rule FAQs

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on Wednesday that new frequently asked questions and training videos on the use of respirable crystalline silica in construction w...


OSHA Issues Silica Rule Guidance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on Wednesday that new frequently asked questions and training videos on the use of respirable crystalline silica in construction w...


Enforcement to Begin for Shipyard Silica Rule

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcement of its new silica rule in the maritime and general-industry sectors Saturday, following enforcement in the const...


Silica Citations Ramp up 6 Months After Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is six months into its enforcement of its new silica rule. So far, more than 100 companies have been cited.


OSHA Issues New Silica Rule Guides

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released more than a dozen fact sheets related to the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction, with a focus on...


OSHA Issues New Silica Rule Guides

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released more than a dozen fact sheets related to the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction, with a focus on...


AkzoNobel to Expand Colloidal Silica Capacity

Amsterdam-based global coatings giant AkzoNobel announced Wednesday that its Specialty Chemicals business is expanding production capacity at a facility in Sweden for its Levasil CC-branded ...


Grace Period Ends for Silica Rule Enforcement

The 30-day enforcement grace period for the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard is over, and acting Deputy Assistant S...


OSHA Begins Silica Rule Enforcement

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 30-day grace period for the respirable silica standard is over, and the agency is now fully enforcing the rule.


OSHA Silica Rule Enforcement Delayed

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s deadline for compliance with its new respirable silica rule has passed, but the agency has extended the date of enforcement by 30 days.


OSHA Delays Silica Rule Enforcement

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s new standard for respirable silica took effect Sept. 23, but the agency has extended the date of enforcement by 30 days.


OSHA Issues Silica Guide for Shipyards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a Small Entity Compliance Guide to help smaller businesses in the maritime and general industry sectors understand how to comply ...


OSHA Fines Pier Contractor for Silica Exposure

A South Carolina contractor is facing an $81,000 bill from federal regulators after a safety inspection at a marine terminal allegedly turned up violations related to silica exposure.


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Manufacturing Innovation Cuts Production Step

An entire production step has been eliminated for paints and coatings manufacturers, according to specialty chemicals company Evonik.


OSHA: New Silica Rule Pushed Back to September

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday (April 6) that it would push back enforcement of the construction industry's new respirable cr...


OSHA Announces Silica Rule Delay

The U.S. Department of Labor is delaying its enforcement of a new rule on respirable crystalline silica in the construction industry, originally set to be enforced in June.


No Delay in Silica Rule Challenge

The legal challenge against the new federal respirable silica rule remains on schedule, despite a recent attempt to delay proceedings.


Silica Rule Challenge Delay Denied

A panel of federal judges has denied a request from industry groups to delay proceedings in a court case that challenges the new federal respirable silica rule, a request that the petitioner...


SSPC Session Addresses Worker Health and Safety

Health and safety were the focus of a series of presentations Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 1) at SSPC 2017, where new standards and practical safety measures were addressed by experts in the fi...


OSHA Releases Silica Guide

As the construction industry prepares for new respirable crystalline silica rules to take effect in June, the federal agency in charge of enforcement is offering some guidance.


OSHA Silica Rule Guide Available

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcing its new respirable crystalline silica standard for construction this June, and the federal agency has released a compli...


OSHA Cites PPG Silica Plant

Paint and coatings manufacturer PPG is facing more than $92,000 in penalties related to worker-safety issues at its facility in Westlake, LA, after an employee complaint prompted a federal a...


Whistleblower to Cost Masonry Firm $135K

One of the nation’s largest producers of masonry units has agreed to pay $135,000 in back wages and compensatory damages to a former employee in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labo...


OSHA: PPG Workers Exposed to 11 Hazards

Federal authorities have cited paint and coatings producer PPG, alleging nine serious violations and two other-than-serious, stemming from a worker complaint investigation launched in April.


Concrete Repair Line Subtracts Silica

A new line of waterproof concrete repair products from Formulators (Santa Ana, CA) is touted as being free of respirable crystalline silica, the subject of a recent OSHA rule aimed at limiti...


Railcar Factory Faces $105K OSHA Bill

A major manufacturer of railcars and equipment in the U.S. faces $105,000 in fines after allegedly exposing painters and other workers to unsafe levels of dangerous chemicals, including lead...


Associations File Suit Over Silica Rule

A coalition of construction industry associations taking issue with the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration silica rule are taking their concerns to a federal appeals court.


Groups Seek Silica Rule Review

Several construction industry groups are petitioning a federal appeals court to review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new rule regulating silica dust exposure.


OSHA Issues Final Silica Dust Rule

Federal workplace regulators have issued a long-awaited rule aimed at protecting workers from respirable silica dust exposure.


OSHA OKs Long-Delayed Silica Dust Rule

The much-anticipated final rule intended to better protect workers from respirable silica dust exposure has finally been issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Dust Filter Addresses Flame, Static

Air filtration product manufacturer Camfil APC has announced the release of a new dust collector filter.


OSHA Sets New Hearing on Beryllium

A proposed rule on beryllium lowering beryllium exposure time for workers is getting another hearing to gather more information.


Beryllium Rulemaking Gets New Hearing

A proposed rule on beryllium lowering beryllium exposure time for workers is getting another hearing to gather more information.


Silica, Beryllium Top 2016 OSHA List

As 2015 came to a close, new rules on silica, beryllium and record-keeping were among those on the horizon—but not final yet.


OSHA Puts Silica on 2016 Rule List

A final rule on silica exposure topped the list of health and safety rules that might affect the coatings and construction industries in 2016.


OSHA Sets Target for Final Silica Rule

A final rule limiting workplace exposure to silica could be published as soon as January 2017, according to reports.


OSHA Cites Date for New Silica Rule

A final ruling from OSHA limiting workplace exposure to silica should be on the books in just a little over year, reports say.


Construction Workers at Risk for COPD

Respiratory health among construction workers is the focus of new research by Duke University and the Center for Construction Research.


Respiratory Health Needs Attention

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9 Contractors Cited at Luxury Home Site

DORAL, FL—Million-dollar-plus homes in a new Florida development now have an additional price tag: more than $150,000 in safety fines from the top of the contracting chain to the bottom.


Employers Challenge Silica Rule Cost

The U.S. government's plan to reduce worker exposure to deadly silica will cost about 10 times more than advertised, the proposal's critics contend.


Silica Rule's Foes Report New Costs

Slashing silica exposures in the workplace will cost billions of dollars more than the government estimates, opponents of the plan say.


Feds Urge New Controls in Paving Work

After a decade of research, federal health and safety officials have announced recommendations to curb exposure to respirable crystalline silica for workers involved in asphalt pavement mill...


N. America to Lead Silica Sand Boom

Uncle Sam may be worried about silica, but North American industry apparently is not, as the region prepares to lead the global growth of silica sand through 2018, according to a new market ...


OSHA Won't Act on Dust in 2015

Deflecting calls for action by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, the Obama Administration will indefinitely defer a rule to control combustible dust in general industry.


Dust Rule Shelved in OSHA's 2015 Plan

Combustible dust, a common source of fatal explosions and fast-burning fires in a variety of industries, has once again been moved to the regulatory back burner.


U.S. Plans New Look at Worker Exposures

Unable to keep up with the risks posed by tens of thousands of chemicals now in use in the workplace, U.S. regulators are casting about for a new approach.


OSHA Launches Sweeping PEL Review

How can the U.S. ensure worker health and safety amid thousands of hazardous chemicals now in use in the workplace—without creating thousands of new rules?


Builders Slam U.S. Silica Proposal

A federal plan to slash silica exposure in the workplace will cost about $3.9 billion—nearly eight times the government’s estimate, the construction industry contends.


Construction Tabs Silica Plan at $3.9B

Unworkable, unaffordable and unnecessary is the construction industry’s final judgment on a federal proposal to reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


Rust-Oleum Hit on 33 Hazards

A Georgia paint manufacturer is facing $188,500 in federal fines after allegations of an improperly handled 300-gallon solvent spill and failure to correct other hazards.


Abrasive Blasting Draws 17 Citations

Allegations of worker overexposure to lead and silica as well as other health hazards have landed a Connecticut abrasive blasting contractor in trouble with federal authorities.


OSHA Cites Silica at Coating Company

A Texas powder coating company allegedly exposed workers to toxic chemicals, including silica, and now faces $55,440 in proposed penalties, federal authorities say.


‘Intensive’ Silica Hearings Open

The long-smoldering controversy over new silica limits in the workplace found its voice Tuesday (March 18) in Washington, D.C., as public hearings on the federal proposal opened.


Employers Unite against Silica Rule

More than two dozen construction, manufacturing and contractor organizations are calling for the withdrawal of a federal proposal to limit silica exposure in the workplace.


Employers Call to Withdraw Silica Rule

Construction employers across the industry are urging the federal government to withdraw its proposed rule on silica exposure, saying the measure is “significantly flawed” and “will do littl...


Coating Makers Seek Silica Exemption

Monitoring paint manufacturing for excess silica exposure would cost $700,000—10 times the federal government's estimate—and is unnecessary, the American Coatings Association says.


‘Absolutely Huge’ Regs on Tap for 2014

ORLANDO—From the Danger signs it posts to the labs it employs, the U.S. commercial construction industry should gird now for a slew of new major regulatory actions coming this year, an indus...


Industry Faces ‘Big Regulatory Year’

ORLANDO—Fasten your seatbelts: 2014 will break open a dam of pent-up regulatory action, expert Alison B. Kaelin is warning the paint, coatings and blasting industries.


Silica Commenters Get 2nd Reprieve

Friends and foes of a federal proposal to slash silica exposures in the workplace will have even more time to comment on the plan.


Silica Comment Period Extended Again

Federal authorities will once again allow more time for public comment on a controversial proposal to limit worker exposure to silica.


‘Shower’ Rids Workclothes of Dust

A new Pennsylvania company has taken Benjamin Franklin's beloved “air bath” concept and turned it into an industrial-strength shower that can clean work clothes of hazardous dust.


Air Shower Reduces Dust Exposure

A new mobile air shower can reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica by removing dust from worker clothing in 30 seconds, according to Bellwood, PA-based HalenHardy.


Study: Silica Rule May Cut Cancer Rate

The U.S. government’s controversial plan to reduce silica exposure on the job has gained fresh support from a new cancer study that says the changes could save lives.


Cancer Study Backs Silica Plan

Millions of American workers, including abrasive blasters and construction laborers, could benefit from a federal proposal to limit silica exposure on the job, concludes a new study publishe...


Painter Fined $460K in 6th OSHA Case

A Long Island, NY, painting and stucco contractor has added 15 new federal health and safety citations and more than $460,000 in fines to the 50-plus citations and $400,000-plus in fines it ...


OSHA Adds Time for Silica Comments

Federal regulators will give the public more time to comment on a controversial proposal to limit silica exposure in the workplace, but the rest of the schedule will remain on track.


Silica Rule Comment Period Extended

Opponents of a federal proposal to limit worker exposure to silica have won additional time to comment on the plan, but the rest of the process is moving forward as scheduled, regulators say...


Concrete Maker Hit with 18 Citations

Silica exposure, confined-space infractions, respiratory hazards, and other health and safety dangers have drawn $153,900 in fines and a lengthy list of federal violations for a New Jersey c...


Silica Rulemaker Seeks Financial Info

In what is believed to be a first, federal regulators are requesting financial disclosures by parties who plan to submit information or comments on a controversial proposal to limit worker e...


OSHA Seeks Money Trail in Silica Debate

Individuals and organizations who want to comment on a federal proposal to limit silica exposure are being asked to disclose their funding sources and any conflicts of interest—reportedly a ...


Employers Ask Delay on Silica Rule

A federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica has been in the works for years, but construction employers say they still need more time to review it.


Foes Seek Extension on Silica Rule

Opponents of a proposed federal rule to limit worker exposure to silica are lashing out over the proposal's time frame, calling the Dec. 11 comment deadline “virtually impossible” to meet.


OSHA Publishes Proposed Silica Rule

Federal officials are now inviting public comment on a controversial proposal to limit worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


Comment Period Opens for Silica Rule

Federal officials have officially published their proposed rule to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, ushering in what is sure to be a robust public comment period on the issue.


Employers Unite Against Silica Rule

Construction employers have rushed to mobilize against a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, ensuring a showdown with unions over the controversial measure.


Battle Lines Drawn over Silica Rule

A showdown is quickly shaping up over a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, pitting a new group of construction employers against organized labor and safety ...


OSHA Issues Rule to Curb Silica

A decade after its initial report, and two and a half years after submission for a 90-day review, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a proposed rule to limit work...


U.S. Proposes New Silica Limits

Federal regulators have finally released a long-awaited—and certain to be controversial—proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, widely used in construction, painting and abr...


 
 
   

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