OSHA has extended the public comment period on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on occupational exposure to crystalline silica for an additional 47 days to provide more time for stakeholder input, the agency announced Oct. 25. The new deadline to submit written comments and testimony is Jan. 27, 2014. OSHA has also extended the deadline to submit notices of intention to appear at its public hearings; the new deadline is Dec. 12, 2013. Public hearings are scheduled to begin March 4, 2014, and OSHA expects them to continue for several weeks.
OSHA’s NPRM for respirable crystalline silica was published in the Sept. 12 issue of the Federal Register. The agency made the proposed rule available on its website on Aug. 23.
"We especially hope to hear from employers, workers, and public health professionals who have experience in successfully protecting workers from silica-related diseases," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. "We are extending the comment period to ensure we hear from all stakeholders who wish to participate."
For more information about the proposal, visit OSHA’s website.