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AFS Urges OSHA to Extend Comment Period & Hearing Date for OSHA’s Silica Proposal

October 3, 2013

This week, AFS sent a letter to the OSHA Assistant Secretary of Labor urging the agency to extend by 90 days the comment period and hearing schedule for its recently proposed crystalline silica rule for general industry. OSHA proposes to cut in half the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable silica dust and require a wide range of ancillary protective measures. The current deadline for submitting comments is Dec. 11, if the extension is not granted.

In the Sept. 30 letter, AFS Executive Vice President Jerry Call writes the rule's requirements will have a substantial impact on the foundry industry as currently proposed and “given the sheer size of the proposed rule, docket, and supporting documents,” the association and its members need more time to review the comprehensive proposal and prepare comments. The association is seeking a feasible and cost-effective crystalline silica regulation that improves safety and health protection measures for its workers.  

AFS is in the process of drafting comments, working with outside consultants and formulating an industry survey. The information the association will be collecting in the industry survey will be critical to its comments to OSHA. If your metalcasting facility is interested in participating in one of the AFS work groups or willing to provide information on the impact of this rule on your operations, contact Fred Kohloff, AFS Director of EHS at 847/824-0181 ext. 230 or fhk@afsinc.org.