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The MCAA has requested OSHA extends the comment period on the proposed silica rule
The MCAA has requested OSHA extends the comment period on the proposed silica rule
October 22, 2013 1:35 PM CDT

MCAA requests comment period extension

Letter to the Honorable David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH


The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) requested a 90 day extension to the public comment period for the proposed silica rule:

A major focus for our trade association has been the promotion of safety on the job-site. As such, silica has been a major focus of our programs over the past decade. Our member companies have done extensive research on silica exposure throughout the years, much of the research done in cooperation with the OSHA Consultation program and / or other government agencies.

We feel it is incumbent upon us to thoroughly review and respond to the proposed reduction in the PEL (which is an 80% reduction for construction). Several masonry operations have been specifically singled out as areas of concern and we need the opportunity to fully vet the proposed rule and compare your results to ours. A complete vetting of the more than 1,700 documents already in the docket will be a major undertaking for the limited resources of our association.
A copy of this letter is available to download at

Submit comments and attachments electronically at!docketDetail;D=OSHA-2010-0034, which is the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. All comments, including any personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket without change and may be made available online. Therefore, be cautious about submitting personal information.

About the Author

Jeff Buczkiewicz is the President and CEO of the Mason Contractors Association of America. Jeff has worked in the masonry industry for several years as the Executive Vice President of the Building Stone Institute and the Director of Marketing and Membership for the Mason Contractors Association of America. Jeff has also served as Secretary on the Board of the Natural Stone Council and is a former Board Member of the StonExpo Federation.


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