AIHA Submits Comments on HR 691

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release No. SPR-13-0408-01

CONTACT:
Aaron Trippler, AIHA Government Affairs
(703) 846-0730; atrippler@aiha.org
Kathryn Grandstaff, AIHA Communications
(703) 846-0700; kgrandstaff@aiha.org

AIHA Supports Standard Regulating Combustible Dust


FALLS CHURCH, VA (April 8, 2013) — The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has submitted comments on legislation proposed by Rep. George Miller. The legislation, HR 691, would direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an interim and final standard regarding worker exposure to combustible dust.

AIHA remains concerned that the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) inadequately addresses dust explosion hazards and fails to ensure that safe work practices and guidance documents are included in MSDSs. AIHA believes there is an urgent need for further action from the agency to address this issue. AIHA supports HR 691, which directs the Secretary of Labor to promulgate an interim final standard regulating combustible dusts and a final standard no later than 18 months after enactment of HR 691.

AIHA has two specific comments on HR 691 for the House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce to consider:

  1. Under Section 3, (c) Requirements, AIHA would like to see an additional requirement added “for the periodic inspection and maintenance of engineering controls and equipment, recordkeeping of the results of the inspections, and correction of any problems found during the inspections within a reasonable time.”
  2. AIHA also suggests that the Committee consider whether it is possible for OSHA to promulgate a final standard within 18 months after the date of enactment of the legislation. While AIHA does not wish for any delay in promulgating a final standard, it may be difficult for the agency to promulgate a final standard in this length of time.

For more information about the letter, please visit http://www.aiha.org/newspubs/govtaffairs/Documents/HR%20691-Dust-Miller-Support-04-08-13.pdf.


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