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AFS Asks Circuit Court to Review Ill-Advised OSHA Silica Rule

April 4, 2016

Final Silica Rule Will Have Dramatic Impact on the Foundry Industry

On April 4, 2016, the American Foundry Society (AFS) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit Court to review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new respirable crystalline silica rule. The request was filed through AFS’ affiliated Texas Chapter.  AFS will provide a brief that details which areas of the rule the industry will be challenging.

AFS has expressed significant concerns with the final silica rule published March 25 in the Federal Register as it will have a huge impact on its members, the majority of which are small businesses. AFS provided extensive comments, expert submissions and testimony to OSHA.  Jerry Call, AFS CEO, noted in filing the petition, “AFS seeks a regulation that is based on sound science and protects workers, while also being technologically and economically feasible.”

Additional petitions for review regarding the silica rule have been filed by several organizations in various courts of Appeals. 

The American Foundry Society is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1896. With its headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., AFS provides members and consumers with information and services to promote and strengthen the metalcasting industry.

AFS will be hosting a webinar on how this rule impacts the industry and the steps metalcasters need to start taking on April 12 at 10 a.m. central.