CALPASC Among Those Spearheading Protest of New Federal OSHA Silica Regulations
Thursday, August 25, 2016
As you know, California has had an effective regulation for Silica in construction since 2008. After 20 plus years, Fed/OSHA approved an overbroad regulation on March 25, 2016. The construction part takes effect June 23, 2017, the general industry and maritime parts take effect one year later.
The Cal/OSHA Standards Board is attempting to follow OSHA procedures in which they have to adopt a regulation at least as effective as the Federal regulation, within 6 months of the Feds approval of their new regulation.
CALPASC Director of Risk Management Bruce Wick helped coordinate a coalition of construction labor and management groups to oppose the wholesale adoption of the Federal regulation, and extend the time frame for effectiveness. Bruce and the coalition partners testified at the August 18, 2016 Cal/OSHA Standards Board public hearing in Walnut Creek.
The Standards Board members approved half of what was asked for, in that they voted to have Standards Board staff convene an advisory committee, to review the differences between the 8 year old California regulation, and the new Federal one.
The coalition's next goal is to have the Standards Board approve a significant time extension for the effective date of the regulation, so the blending of the state and federal regulation can be accomplished through the advisory committee.
That meeting will be held:
Date: September 15, 2016
Location: 1416 9th St., Sacramento, CA
CALPASC members are encouraged to contact Bruce at 909-793-9932 or firstname.lastname@example.org if they can help testify at this meeting.