Invitation: Congressional Briefing on Silica Rule

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Congressional Briefing: Protecting American Workers from “Death Dust”

Breathing should not be a dangerous activity, but for the nearly 2.3 million Americans who are exposed to respirable crystalline silica – “silica dust” for short – it has been. From 2005-2014, this exposure resulted in or contributed to over 1,000 deaths from silicosis, as well as additional deaths from lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and kidney disease. Those at greatest risk work in industries such as construction, hydraulic fracturing, foundries, glass manufacturing, landscaping, and dental laboratories, amongst others. In response, and in concert with developments in the science of worker health and safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to protect Americans from this hazardous dust, with projected annual net benefits of $3.8 to $7.7 billion, while saving over 600 lives and preventing related illness. Join us for a briefing that explores this rule, which also serves as a case study for the pivotal roles that worker health and safety play throughout our nation.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
1540-A Longworth House Office Building

Can't make it? AIHA will live stream the briefing via Twitter. Tune in at 10 a.m. February 15 to follow the highlights here: Better yet, join the conversation using #SilicaBriefing. If you aren’t available to watch the live stream coverage, we will post a video of the event on February 16.

Introductory Remarks
Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL-9)*

US House of Representatives
Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT-2)*

US House of Representatives

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH-1)* US House of Representatives

Daniel H. Anna, PhD, Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional American Industrial Hygiene Association

David Michaels, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health
Milken Institute School of Public Health of George Washington University, and
Former Assistant

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