Comments emphasize the inability of some commercial labs to provide consistently accurate data needed to determine compliance.

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association filed its latest set of comments Aug. 15 with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on the agency’s proposed rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. NSSGA comments can be found here.

OSHA’s proposal is important to aggregates producers because some operations are under OSHA jurisdiction; and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is likely to propose a silica standard for the mining industry at a later date.

NSSGA’s comments reiterate its earlier written and oral testimony to OSHA while expanding on a critical issue: the inability of some commercial labs to provide the consistently accurate data that employers need to determine compliance.

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