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National Council for Occupational Safety and Health Launches Valentine’s Day Deadly Dust Drive

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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National COSH’s Campaign Lets People Send a Valentine to President Obama In Support of a Silica Standard  


February 14, 2012 (WASHINGTON, D.C.)-  The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health is asking people to email President Obama, asking him to show some love for working men and women on Valentine’s Day by moving to protect workers from the deadly dust that causes silicosis.


“We” ve made it easy for people to send an email to the White House asking the President to stand up for workers and at least start the discussion on a silica standard,” National COSH Executive Director Tom O” Connor said. “The silica standard has been ” under review” at the Office of Management and Budget for exactly one year today, and these things are supposed to be limited to 90 days. The OMB has had enough time to do its review. It’s time to get on with the business of protecting the working men and women who drive our economy.”


The National COSH, using online tools available at CitizenSpeak, has set up means by which people can easily email the White House in support of the silica standard, O” Connor said. All they have to do, he explained, is click at, fill in the appropriate fields and click the send button.


The email will automatically be sent to the White House.


Public health experts report that about 200 workers die each year from silicosis, which is caused by breathing in fine particulate particles of silica- essentially, rock dust- and estimate there are as many as 7,300 new cases of silicosis annually among U.S.workers


The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health is a federation of local and statewide organizations; a private, non-profit coalition of labor unions, health and technical professionals, and others interested in promoting and advocating for worker health and safety.  


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