Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Friday, January 25, 2013


Not really, they didn't have to pay me. The Laborer's Union wants you to sign a petition asking the White House to end the delay in promulgating standards to protect workers from silica dust. Silicosis is a serious, often fatal lung disease caused by this exposure. Here's the background:

OSHA began working on new silica rules in 1997. A proposal was drafted and sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review in February 2011. Normally, OMB has 90 days to review proposals before they are made public. However, publication has been delayed for nearly two years. Releasing the proposal for publication is just the first step in a lengthy review process. OSHA rulemaking requires public hearings and extensive opportunities for public input.

I've known about this for several years because some of my former colleagues at Tufts studied the problem. This has been crippling and killing American workers literally for centuries. There's no excuse for it to continue.

1 comment:

kathy a. said...