OSHA Issues Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

When inhaled, crystalline silica is deadly. Inhaled crystalline silica is responsible for lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease. OSHA estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year. The rule is made up of two standards: one for Construction and one for General…