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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Proposed Rule for Crystalline Silica

OSHA is currently accepting comments on a proposed rule that would significantly tighten the exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica across all industry sectors to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air on a time-weighted average. If adopted, that change would reduce the exposure limit by roughly half for general industry and maritime, and by an even greater magnitude in various construction activities. OSHA also wants to issue regulations on exposure monitoring, medical surveillance and recordkeeping among the mandates that it argues would greatly reduce silicosis and other risks

The proposed rule could have a significant impact on industry, particularly the construction industry.  On November 21, 2013 a group of Republican senators urged OSHA to extend the comment period for the  proposed rule and to convene a panel to assess the rule’s impact on small employers.

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Francis Citera, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Chicago, Business Law Litigation Attorney

Francis A. Citera is an attrney in the firm's Products Liability & Mass Torts Litigation Group and Co-Chair of the Chicago Litigation Practice. Frank has been described by Legal 500 as being “renowned for his toxic tort and product liability work.” Frank has over 30 years of experience defending purported class actions, toxic tort actions, and other complex litigation in both federal and state courts. He has tried many cases, including an action by the Government to enforce a unilateral administrative order, an allocation case among potentially responsible parties,...