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Moore County Home Builders Association

P. O. Box 912,
10022 NC HWY 211 E.
Aberdeen, NC  28315

Moore County Home Builders Association
Moore County Home Builders Association

(910) 944-2992

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New OSHA Silica Rule Takes Effect September 23

OSHA’S CONSTRUCTION SITE SILICA RULES TO TAKE EFFECT SEPTEMBER 23
BUILDERS AND SUBCONTRACTORS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO COMPLY!

Previously delayed federal regulations regulating the exposure of construction site workers to
crystalline silica are set to take effect in North Carolina, and the rest of the nation, on
September 23rd despite strong opposition from both the National Association of Home Builders
(NAHB) and the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA). These new rules will
create burdensome requirements which are designed to drastically lower the permissible
exposure limit (PEL) of crystalline silica for the construction industry, require impractical
medical surveillance of construction industry workers, call for extensive and costly
recordkeeping processes, and place restrictions on certain construction site work practices that
contradict existing safety procedures.

North Carolina, which operates a state-delegated OSHA program, adopted the federal silica
rules verbatim in 2016 and the rules will be enforced beginning on September 23 unless the
rules are delayed further. NAHB’s regulatory team has petitioned the current Secretary of
Labor, Alexander Acosta, to place a hold on the implementation of the rules and to reopen the
rulemaking process for comment. Whether that effort will be successful remains to be seen.

Also, NAHB, along with the other coalition members, legally challenged the validity of the
regulations and a court hearing has been set for September 26.

While these rules will primarily affect subcontractors whose work practices generate exposure
to silica dust, general contractors with knowledge of hazardous conditions where subcontractor
employees are being exposed could be cited. Every employer is responsible for adhering to
OSHA standards. You should immediately make plans to ensure that your worksite complies
with these requirements.

According to OSHA’s own estimate the rule will cost the construction industry more than $500
million dollars annually. However, NAHB’s own estimates have put that number closer to $4.9
billion dollars.

For practical information concerning implementation of the new rule, please consult NAHB’s
“Silica in Construction Toolkit” and the several links to documents contained therein (see, in
particular, Overview of the OSHA Crystalline Silica (Construction); Final Rule). Also, consult the
federal OSHA’s Silica Webpage for more in-depth explanation of these requirements.

Protect yourself and those on your worksite now!

Please contact Steven Webb at swebb@nchba.org or call him at (800) 662-6812 for more
information

 
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    Moore County Home Builders Association

    Moore County Home Builders Association
    P.O. Box 912
    10022 NC Highway 211 East
    Aberdeen, NC 28315
    Phone: 910-944-2992