Silica Rule Could Cost Billions: WSJ

February 10, 2014

According to a Wall Street Journal report, compliance with OSHA’s proposed crystalline silica standard rule could cost $2 billion annually.

That total comes from the American Foundry Society, while the American Chemistry Council estimates an annual total economic impact of $5.45 per year.

Next month, OSHA will hold hearings on the rules it proposed last year regarding limiting silica exposure in the workplace to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air in all industries, from its current limit of 100 micrograms in general industries and 250 micrograms in the construction industry.

The Wall Street Journal report says the rule could cost the fracking oil and gas industry $1,120 per employee.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal