Metal foundries facing compliance deadline for OSHA silica rule

American metal foundries face an impending deadline to comply with tougher federal worker safety regulations intended to protect employees from a potentially fatal lung disease—silicosis. Foundries and other manufacturers were given until June 23, 2018, to meet the requirements after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the rule in March 2016. A federal appeals court upheld the tougher OSHA requirements on December 22.

In an article with Bloomberg Environment, Dan Oman, Senior Associate at Haley & Aldrich, discusses how foundries and other manufacturers face a different challenge. 

“This is not going to be easy,” said Oman, “Foundries move tons of sand within the operation. While making sure silica dust isn’t allowed to gather on surfaces helps, that won’t alone bring plants into compliance. Companies face having to make decisions about adding new technologies and equipment, renovating buildings, and looking for alternatives to using sand, such as ceramic pellets, Oman said.

Read more about the OSHA silica rule in Bloomberg Environment (Bloomberg Environment subscription needed).