Resolved that the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) urge the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop a silica rule for the residential construction industry that is cost effective, reasonable, and workable for the on-site conditions encountered on residential jobsites; and any such silica rule should:
- Rely on the existing Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for silica in construction unless or until a comprehensive study demonstrates that the PEL must be made lower for legitimate health reasons.
- Focus on those silica-generating tasks that have been shown by actual, historical, or objective (i.e. industry derived) silica exposure monitoring data to generate high levels of silica exposure above the existing PEL.
- Provide clear direction for the construction industry to follow when implementing compliance and safety-related procedures. 4. Minimize paperwork and recordkeeping requirements.
Resolution originally adopted: 2013/10 No. 5
Committee with primary jurisdiction:
- Construction, Codes & Standards Committee
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