Crystalline Silica

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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