Urges members to appeal OSHA’s limited extension for public comments …

NSSGA has filed a second formal request with the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration for an extension of the agency’s crystalline silica rulemaking public comment period.  Following assertions last month from interested groups including NSSGA that OSHA’s massive proposal warranted a minimum 90-day extension beyond the original deadlines, the agency instead granted just an additional 47 days for interested parties to comment.  (OSHA extended other deadlines for periods ranging from 14 to 76 days.

In its second request to the agency, NSSGA notes that OSHA’s 47-day extension includes the upcoming holiday season, when long-planned vacations and other celebrations effectively reduce the comment period by at least ten days.  Further, OSHA continues to add information to the rulemaking docket – yet the government shutdown and recent outages with the agency’s rulemaking website have curtailed the availability of critical documents.

NSSGA urges its members to petition OSHA for the additional time to comment and ask their elected representatives to do likewise.

The current deadlines include:

  • Dec. 12, 2013: Submit notice of intent to testify at informal hearings
  • Jan. 27, 2014: Submit written comments on the proposal and/or submit full text of testimony and supporting evidence (if testifying)
  • March 18, 2014: Informal hearings begin

For help with reaching out to your elected representatives, please contact NSSGA Government Affairs staff.  For further technical information about the OSHA proposal, please contact Dale T. Drysdale at ddrysdale@nssga.org

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