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CALPASC Member Help Needed to Offset Push to Drop Entire Federal OSHA Silica Rule into California

Thursday, July 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
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CALPASC was a leader for Cal/OSHA to develop its own silica standard for construction in 2008!

Title 8 Section 1530.1 went through the Advisory Committee process, and some common sense limitations and exceptions were made.


As you may have heard, Federal OSHA recently completed its nearly 20 year promulgation of a silica standard for both construction and general industry.


The Federal Standard for silica in construction takes effect on Jun 23, 2017; and the General Industry and Maritime standard takes effect on June 23, 2018.


Since the Federal Standards were both approved on June 23, 2016, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board has scheduled a public hearing on adopting the entire Federal regulation on August 18, 2016; in Walnut Creek. The proposal would go through a process from there, but CALPASC believes it is vital to retain the limitations and exceptions that were agreed to by Cal/OSHA in 2008. We need representatives of various trades to attend the meeting which starts at 10am, Thursday, August 18, at the Walnut Creek City Hall Council Chambers, 1666 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, CA 94596.


The limitations and exceptions in the current Cal/OSHA standard are for: Stucco, Plastering, Wall cladding & siding, Downward drilling, Work with powder-actuated tools, Work incidental to plumbing or landscaping activities, Cutting tile backer board with powered shears or a dust reduction blade, Rooftop operations, and Emergency responses.


California's silica standard has given excellent protection to California construction workers since 2008, and we want to maintain the protections of our standard, with the common sense amendments that were made.


Please contact CALPASC Director of Risk Management Bruce Wick if you or someone from your company can attend the public hearing: or 909-793-9932.


CLICK HERE for the current California standard.


CLICK HERE to see the current proposal for change.

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