Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust

Expanding Job Opportunities for Ironworkers and their Contractors

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“I think that anyone who attended this conference would have to admit that very honest, and straightforward labor-management dialogue was the driving theme of the conference… And in times such as these, that is exactly what people are looking for in their leaders. What the Ironworkers have clearly set forth is that “activities” should not be mistaken for “results”. The more labor (and management) leaders who embrace this approach, the more market share will directly result.”

Mark Breslin
Breslin Strategies Inc
San Ramon, CA



OSHA Final Rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica Now in Effect


OSHA's final rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica covers engineering controls, protective clothing, medical surveillance and other issues. OSHA presents the rule as two standards - one for general industry and maritime and the other for construction. Highlights include:

  • Mandating that employers use engineering controls and work practices to restrict worker exposure, bar access to high-exposure sites, supply respiratory protection when controls cannot curb exposures to the PEL, train employees, and offer medical exams to highly exposed workers
  • Offering a table of specified controls that construction employers can follow for "greater certainty and ease of compliance" without monitoring exposure
  • Allowing employers to have enough time to satisfy requirements by spacing out compliance dates
Both standards went into effect on June 23. Industries will then have one to five years to meet most requirements. The construction industry must comply by June 23, 2017.

Click here to review the final rule or download the OSHA Fact Sheet.

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