As you've just seen, the hazards created by corporate interference in science can crop up anywhere, even your workplace. In fact, some workers, such as those in construction, are being exposed to a serious occupational health hazard in the form of a dangerous dust that can cause an irreversible, progressive lung disease, and is also associated with several other chronic diseases.
More than a year ago, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) sent the White House a proposed standard to protect workers from exposure to the toxic dust. Regrettably, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has not acted on the proposal, preventing OSHA from even seeking public input.
OSHA has spent years on a rigorous scientific review process in developing the proposed rule. But recently, industry representatives have met numerous times with OMB staff, which raises questions about whether the White House will interfere in the development of this science-based standard.
With each day that passes, more workers are exposed to the harmful particles. Tell the White House to let OSHA use science to protect public health.
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Protect workers with science-based safety standards
Dear Administrator Sunstein,
I am writing to urge you to allow OSHA to establish a science-based standard to protect workers from occupational exposure to harmful particles of crystalline silica. There is no reason for such a protracted delay.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]