OSHA’s estimated cost of silica rule said to underestimate impact by $4.5 billion annually

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The Construction Industry Safety Coalition says that OSHA’s flawed cost estimates point to flaws in the rule

April 27, 2015

A new report by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed silica standards for U.S. construction industry will cost the industry $5 billion per year. That’s about $4.5 billion per year more than OSHA’s estimate.

The coalition says that OSHA’s flawed cost estimates point to flaws in the rule, and has urged the federal agency to reconsider its approach. The proposed rule aims to greatly reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of crystalline silica for the construction industry.

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