AIHA to Hold Congressional Briefing on Protecting American Workers from Silica Dust

Posted February 9, 2017

AIHA will hold a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, that focuses on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) final rule to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The event, which will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. ET in room 1540-A in the Longworth House Office Building, will also serve as a case study of the importance of worker health and safety.

AIHA Past President Daniel H. Anna, PhD, CIH, CSP, and David Michaels, PhD, MPH, who is a professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health of George Washington University and former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, will address attendees of this briefing. Other invited participants include Reps. Darren Soto, D-Fla., Joe Courtney, D-Conn., and Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H.

Two OSHA fact sheets provide further information about the final rule:

  • Workers’ Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica: Final Rule Overview (PDF)
  • OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: Construction (PDF)

AIHA will produce a live-stream of the briefing via Twitter at 10 a.m. ET on Feb. 15. Twitter users can join the conversation by clicking on the video in AIHA’s Twitter stream here. Users are encouraged to participate in the conversation though social media by tweeting comments and questions @AIHA using the hashtag #SilicaBriefing. Select questions will be shared with the panel in real time. A video of the full event will be posted via YouTube to the AIHA website on Feb. 16.

For more information, please email Mark Ames, AIHA’s director of Government Relations.