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"A Huge Win For Millions of Workers"

Friday, December 22, 2017
Press Contacts: 

Roger Kerson, roger@nationalcosh.org, 734.645.0535

Workers' Right to Protection from Deadly Silica Dust Affirmed by DC Appeals Court
 Statement of National COSH
Re: Decision Upholding OSHA Silica Standard

 This statement is from Jessica Martinez, co-executive director, National Council for Occupational Safety and Health: 

“This is a huge win for millions of workers in construction, foundries, mining, shipbuilding and many other industries. Low-wage workers and those in the informal sector can now be assured of safer working conditions. 

“The U.S Court of Appeals has upheld OSHA’s finding – based on extensive research and expert testimony – that silica dust is significant risk to workers’ health. The silica standard remains in effect, with feasible, affordable requirements to reduce dust in the workplace and protect workers from silicosis and other potentially life-threatening diseases.”

“Now that industry’s challenge to this sensible, life-saving rule has failed, OSHA must focus on rigorous enforcement. National COSH will continue our efforts to inform workers about how to exercise their right to a workplace free from harmful dust and other hazards.”

Note: Here is full text of the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia decision re: OSHA silica standard

National COSH links the efforts of local worker health and safety coalitions in communities across the United States, advocating for elimination of preventable hazards in the workplace. For more information, please visit NationalCOSH.org