Posted on March 24, 2016
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The Department of Labor announced today a final rule to provide protection for workers exposed to silica dust. Silica dust was originally identified as a deadly hazard by Labor Secretary Frances Perkins more than 80 years ago.
According to OSHA, crystalline silica is "a basic component of soil, sand, granite and many other minerals...that may become respirable size particles when workers chip, cut, drill, or grind objects that contain crystalline silica." When this dust enters the respiratory system, it could lead to lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other illnesses down the road.
Here is a rundown of the new rule:
OSHA estimates that this rule will save 600 lives annually and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year.
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