April 04, 2016

APHA celebrates OSHA silica rule

From the American Public Health Association (APHA):

Date: Mar 24 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact Daniel Greenberg at 202-777-3913 or daniel.greenberg@apha.org

Washington, D.C., March 24, 2016 — The American Public Health Association applauds the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration for finalizing a rule today to reduce occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. This rule protects an estimated 2.2 million U.S. workers whose jobs expose them to silica, a carcinogen that leads to harmful and often deadly lung diseases, chronic renal diseases and autoimmune disorders.

“APHA has long championed measures to reduce the significant toll silica takes on our workforce every day,” said APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD. “We know that silicosis alone kills 200 workers and harms 7,300 more each year. This is a life-saving public health victory, and we thank the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for making it happen.” ... more

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