Contact and Meet with Your Members of Congress to Support Funding for AIHA Priority Programs and Agencies; Oppose All Efforts to Halt or Delay OSHA’s Silica Dust Rule

President Trump has called for cutting OSHA by over $8 million in addition to eliminating OSHA’s Susan Harwood Training Grants Program, slashing NIOSH by approximately $138 million, eliminating NIOSH’s Education and Research Centers (ERCs), the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (AFF) Program, and the Total Worker Health (TWH) Program. The President proposes to level-fund MSHA, while recommending the elimination of the Chemical Safety Board (CSB).

In addition to these cuts, nearly 100 Members of Congress are actively trying to halt the implementation of OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica dust rule through the appropriations process using a technique called a “policy rider” that effectively denies the public or the associations that represent them and their professions an opportunity to weigh-in on the proposed change.

For these reasons AIHA is encouraging its members to set up meetings with their Representative and two Senators when they are back in their local offices during Congress’ August recess. We are also encouraging our members to send letters to their Members of Congress that support funding for our priority programs and agencies and to oppose any attempts to halt or otherwise delay implementation of OSHA’s silica dust rule. AIHA members can find the contact information of their Members of Congress and model letters at our Federal Legislative Action Center.​