NARI urges OSHA to withdraw silica rule

NARI, as part of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), today requested the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) withdraw its proposed rule to drastically lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of crystalline silica for the construction industry.

The reasons for this request include

  • OSHA‘s proposed crystalline silica rule is potentially the most far-reaching regulatory initiative proposed by OSHA for the construction industry.
  • OSHA has not met its burden of demonstrating that the proposal is technologically and economically feasible.
    • OSHA’s proposed rule is simply unworkable for the construction industry.
  • OSHA has not shown that the proposed PEL can be met by the construction industry in most operations most of the time.
  • OSHA has underestimated the cost of the proposed rule by a factor of at least 4.  We now estimate a cost to the industry of $2.2 billion per year, but this figure will probably increase in the coming weeks as the coalition fixes more of OSHA’s errors in understanding how construction work is done.

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition is made up of 25 trade associations. The coalition represents associations from all sectors of the construction industry, including commercial building, heavy industrial production, home building, road repair, specialty trade contractors and material suppliers. Workplace safety and health is a priority for all members of the coalition, and each is committed to helping create safer construction jobsites for workers.

American Road and Transportation Builders Association
American Society of Concrete Contractors
American Subcontractors Association
Associated Builders and Contractors
Associated General Contractors
Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry
Building Stone Institute
Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association
Construction & Demolition Recycling Association
Distribution Contractors Association
Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
International Council of Employers of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
Leading Builders of America
Marble Institute of America
Mason Contractors Association of America
Mechanical Contractors Association of America
National Association of Home Builders
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
National Demolition Association
National Electrical Contractors Association
National Roofing Contractors Association
National Utility Contractors Association
Natural Stone Council
The Association of Union Constructors
Tile Roofing Institute

The coalition is asking OSHA to withdraw its proposed rule until it can put forth a proposal that addresses the concerns set forth in the coalition’s comments. The coalition welcomes the opportunity to sit down with OSHA to discuss the appropriate approach in dealing with the hazards of crystalline silica on construction worksites.

To learn more about NARI’s Government Affairs efforts, please visit NARI’s Website.


EPA fines LRRP violators

NARI is satisfied that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stepped up its enforcement of contractors not complying with the Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting rule. NARI, during its meetings with the EPA, has pressed for the agency to level the playing field and go after non-certified contractors.

In a recent press release, EPA announced action against 35 contractors and LRRP trainers, resulting in a total of $274,000 in civil penalties.

Between May 2013 and January 2014, EPA has settled enforcement actions with the following companies:

  • Environmental Engineering & Technology, Inc. of Newport News, VA
  • The Training Network, Inc. of Oak Hill, VA
  • Professional Training Associates, Inc. of Duquesne, PA
  • The Home Hero, LLC of Philadelphia, PA
  • Thermo-Twin Industries, Inc. of Oakmont, PA
  • Samuel M. Lewis of Columbus, OH
  • Midwest College Painters, LLC of Bloomfield, MI
  • D&S Construction of Western Ohio, LLC of Sidney, OH
  • M&J Environmental Institute of Maple Grove, MN
  • Hannegan Construction Company of St. Charles, MO
  • HarenLaughlin Construction of Lenexa, KS
  • Jason Madura of Warsaw, MO
  • Nezerka Enterprises LLC d/b/a Certa Pro Painters of Shawnee Mission, KS
  • James L. and Dona D. Jungers of Lincoln, NE
  • Dennis Barker of Fairbury, NE
  • Painting Done Right of Lincoln, NE
  • Prudent Technologies, Inc. of Kansas City, MO
  • Rothers Inc., d/b/a Rothers Design/Build of Kansas City, KS
  • Ritchie Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Puroclean Emergency Restoration Services of Sullivan, MO
  • Exterior Energy Consultants, Inc. of Gladstone, MO
  • Philip Thornton and Stanley Thornton of Marshall, MO
  • Van Dyk Construction of Littleton, CO
  • Devex Construction LLC of Greenwood Village, CO
  • Thomas Breuer Construction of Sioux Falls, SD
  • Alaska Commercial Contractors, Inc. of Juneau, AK
  • VanPool Painting, Inc. of Juneau, AK
  • Kachina Contractor Solutions, LLC of Elkins Park, PA
  • Collegiate Entrepreneurs, Inc. of Braintree, MA
  • Bill Vizzo Contractors, LLC of Shelton, CT
  • James J. Welch & Co., Inc. of Salem, MA
  • New Hampshire Plate Glass Corp. of Portsmouth, NH
  • Dura-Plex, Inc. of Brick, NJ
  • Hernandez Painting of Hempstead, NY
  • Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development / New Jersey Council of Community Colleges of Trenton, NJ
  • Schryer Thompson Construction, Inc. of Concord, CA

More information about the settlements can be found on the EPA's Website.

Dear Members of the NARI House of Delegates and Chapter Leaders,


The Executive Committee recommends the appointment of standing committee chairmen to serve on the Board of Directors.  It is the responsibility of the House of Delegates to grant final approval to these appointments.  For 2014-2015, the following individuals have been recommended by the Executive Committee and have indicated their acceptance of service on the Board of Directors for the upcoming year:


George Edwards, CRA, CKBR, GCP, Chairman, Awards Committee

Don Van Cura, Sr., MCR, CKBR, GCP, CLC, UDCP, Chairman, Bylaws/Ethics Committee

Patrick Bentivegna, CR, Chairman, Education Committee

Greg Adamec, Chairman, Finance/Audit Committee

Bruce Case, CLC, Chairman, Government Affairs Committee

Dave Amoroso, Chairman, Marketing Committee

Kathy Raab, CAE, Chairman, Membership Committee

Tom O'Grady, CR, CKBR, Chairman, Strategic Planning & Research Committee


Certification Board Chairman

While the Certification Board Chairman does not serve on the Board of Directors, the appointment to serve as chairman of the Certification Board requires the approval of the House of Delegates.  The Executive Committee recommends that Nick Kress, CRA, UDCP, serve as Chairman of the Certification Board; Nick has accepted this responsibility. 


Other Chairmen

Chairmen of the Chapter Executive Forum, the Contractor Council, the National Member Council, and the Past President Advisory Council will continue to be elected by their respective bodies and will automatically serve on the Board of Directors. 


The House of Delegates will be asked to grant final approval to these recommendations at its meeting on March 29, 2014.


Tracy Wright, CAE

Director, Special Projects


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