By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory & legal issues, ARTBA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Aug. 15 published a request for information asking the regulated community to help clarify various aspects of the crystalline silica rule.

The agency is aiming to clarify the activities included in Table 1 of the rule, which lists 18 specific construction industry tasks that generate silica exposure and the requirements necessary to comply with the rule. OSHA is seeking information on whether or not any clarification is needed for the listed tasks and controls, as well as the possibility of expanding Table 1 to include additional tasks.

Table 1 is beneficial for the transportation construction industry because when activities are carried out as described there, compliance with other elements of the standard is greatly simplified.

OSHA is accepting responses to the request for information for 60 days from its publication in the Federal Register. ARTBA will be working closely with our trade association allies as part of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition as we respond to OSHA.