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  • Writer's pictureJohn Larrimer

Crystalline Silica Discussion Extends Inquiry Period For Electronic Submission Rule 90 Days

In a recent press release, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has decided to extend the period of receiving public input on the new workplace injury tracking rule. Once in effect, the new rule would require electronic submission of injury reports. Initially, the inquiry period would have ended on February 6; however, the announcement of new regulations on respirable crystalline silica and subsequent online discussion overlapped with the inquiry period, causing certain industries to divide their time between silica and electronic submission inquiries.

Most notably the National Association of Home Builders asked to extend the inquiry period an additional 90 days, because the crystalline silica discussion required all of their attention. Any industry that regularly involves stone cutting had to divert their attention away from electronic submission inquiries to deal with the crystalline silica issue. The dust created during stone cutting with a dry saw exposes workers crystalline silica and can cause silicosis, lung cancer and kidney disease.

I Need A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer In Ohio

Construction industries are scrambling to create new workplace safety standards to avoid potential OSHA citations and fines once the new crystalline silica rule goes into effect. If you are exposed to harmful chemicals, such as crystalline silica or asbestos, on a regular basis, we can help. Our Columbus workers’ compensation attorneys have over 80 years of combined experience defending workers suffering from workplace injuries and illnesses. To discuss how we can deliver the full compensation that you deserve, contact us. For a free consultation with one of our Columbus workers’ compensation lawyers, call today at (614) 221-7548.

Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC—Columbus Workers Comp Attorneys

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