Statement From AIHA on recent news reports about White House’s delay of silica rule

Release No. SPR-13-1216-01

Nicole Racadag, AIHA Communications​
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (December 16, 2013) —  American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) President Barbara J. Dawson, CIH, CSP, has released the following statement on recent news reports that the White House delayed enacting a series of rules, including setting limits on dangerous silica exposure in the workplace, to prevent them from becoming points of contention before the 2012 election.

“Recent news reports have implied that the delay in the proposed crystalline silica standard was in part due to politics. On behalf of AIHA and its members, whose mission is to protect worker health and eliminate workplace illnesses, I hope that politics did not play a role in this delay and that politics would never compromise worker health and safety. We will continue to support OSHA as it works to issue a comprehensive silica standard to protect worker health as quickly as possible.”  

Read the Washington Post article for additional information on the delayed rules. ​



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