The proposal from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to limit the amount of silica dust one can be exposed to could affect 470,000 small businesses and government offices, says Rep. Sam Graves,R-Mo., chairman of the Small Business Committee. "Because this rule could create new standards and requirements for small businesses in the construction, manufacturing, foundry, hydraulic fracturing, and many other industries, significant input from the small-business community will help OSHA develop a regulation that both increases worker protection and safety and is cost-effective and feasible," Graves adds.

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