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For the record of the July 29, 2008, Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety hearing on, “Dangerous Dust – Is OSHA doing enough to protect workers?” ASSE submitted a statement urging caution in moving ahead to address hazardous dust risks legislatively without developing a deeper understanding of current OSHA standards, their enforcement by OSHA, and the approach taken through national consensus standards. ASSE agreed with the approach taken in a bill passed by the House seeking requring an OSHA standard no less effective than the NFPA 654 voluntary consensus standard but said should also address related NFPA standards and should be required within 24 months, not the 18 months required in the bill. ASSE also said the bill needs to address OSHA's inadequate inspection resources and inspector training on hazardous dust and find a way to help employers deal with 17 different OSHA standards related to hazardous dust.
In a letter to Assistant Secretary Ed Foulke, ASSE urged OSHA participation on the ANSI Standard Committee for Z15, "Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Fleet Operations."
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