PRESS RELEASE: WASHINGTON, March 24, 2016 -- The National Industrial Sand Association (NISA) says it supports most, but not all, of a new comprehensive silica standard announced today by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). The new rule includes new mandatory exposure monitoring, medical surveillance and recordkeeping requirements that the association representing the country’s major sand producing companies believes will greatly improve compliance, provide added protections for workers and lead to the elimination of silicosis from the workplace.  Click here to continue reading.

The Association, however, says it does not support the new rule’s most controversial provision that would cut the current permissible exposure limit (PEL) for silica in half because, it says, it is not necessary to protect workers.

The National Industrial Sand Association (NISA) is a trade association representing the major North American producers and processors of industrial sand (sometimes called silica sand).  Founded in 1936, NISA is committed to advancing research and maintaining a dialogue with industry, legislators, regulatory agencies and the scientific community with respect to issues of concern to the industrial sand industry, including the potential health effects associated with the inhalation of respirable crystalline silica.

NISA is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) trade association managed by the Industrial Minerals Association - North America (IMA-NA).  NISA is the sole member of the Industrial Sand Section of IMA-NA.

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