MSHA moves closer to achieving new silica regulation

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) says the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is closer to achieving an updated regulation for respirable crystalline silica.

In a published Request for Information (RFI), the agency is soliciting “data and information on economically and technologically feasible best practices” to protect the health of coal miners and metal/nonmetal workers from “exposure to quartz, including a reduced [workplace exposure] standard, new or developing protective technologies, and/or technical and educational assistance.”

The deadline to submit comments to MSHA is 28 October. NSSGA is reviewing the RFI to determine an appropriate response and encourages interested members to contact Dale T. Drysdale, NSSGA vice president of occupational & environmental health policy, and Libby Pritchard, NSSGA director of safety policy.

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