New Silica Rule Is Fundamentally Flawed

Manufacturers Need Regulations That Protect Jobs and Assess Real-World Costs

Washington, D.C., March 24, 2016 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final silica rule:

“Manufacturers are committed to safe, productive and modern workplaces and we take pride in continuing to find ways to improve the work environment even more. This rule, however, is fundamentally flawed. Not only does this rule rely on appallingly out-of-date economic data, it also drastically underestimates the exorbitant costs that will be inflicted on manufacturers and the entire economy and requires mandates that simply are not feasible to achieve. As a result, small and medium-sized manufacturers could be forced to close their doors while others will be saddled with crushing regulations.

“While the administration claims this rule will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, manufacturers know the true cost will be in the billions.

“Manufacturers tried to work with OSHA to make this a feasible, effective rule and have long stressed the need for flexibility, clear justification and reliable, current data in this rulemaking process. Our suggestions, however, were ignored. When our regulators work with manufacturers, they can better take into account the real-world impacts of their rulemaking and prevent job losses from policies rooted in bad data or misinformation.

“We will be working with Congress and exploring all options to prevent this rule and its devastating consequences from becoming a reality.”

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