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"A Huge Win For Millions of Workers"

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.”
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