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AFL-CIO Applauds New Lifesaving Silica Dust Rules


AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka applauded the Obama administration for issuing OSHA’s new workplace silica standards. “Millions of workers can literally breathe easier knowing they will not have to sacrifice their lungs and their lives by working in deadly silica dust,” he says. Silica dust is a killer that causes silicosis, lung cancer, and other disabling diseases. The 50-year-old OSHA silica standards are too weak to protect workers, especially those in vulnerable occupations, like construction, foundries, and ship building. The new rules mandate common-sense measures to control dust: monitoring exposures through ventilation and water systems, to train workers in safety, and conduct medical exams. Visit for more information and a video.

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