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Statement of AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka on OSHA’s New Workplace Silica Standards


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Statement of AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka on OSHA’s New Workplace Silica Standards

Today millions of workers can literally breathe easier knowing that they will not have to sacrifice their lungs and their lives by working in deadly silica dust. The new OSHA silica rules – nearly 20 years in the making – will save hundreds of workers’ lives a year.

Silica dust is a killer that causes silicosis, lung cancer and other disabling diseases. Workers in construction, foundries and ship building are exposed, and thousands of workers get sick each year. The current OSHA silica standards are 50 years old and are too weak to protect workers.