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The harmful effects of dust can vary, from skin irritation to lung cancer. “First, if the employment is precarious – in the sense that significant risks exist and can be eliminated or reduced by changing practices.” [Industrial Union Dept., op. cit., p. 642 (majority opinion).] Second, whether the secretary “chose the standard” from the possible corrections available. Third, whether this standard is “feasible”. Letter for EU respondents aged 40 to 41. We sometimes call this test a “feasibility analysis.” People exposed to dusty environments have a higher risk of developing respiratory diseases that affect their quality of life and can even be fatal. Employees who perform tasks such as grinding, foundry, stone cutting, drilling and quarrying run the risk of silica particles being inhaled by dust produced during their work. These diseases lead to permanent disability and premature death. It is estimated that more than 500 construction workers die each year from exposure to quartz dust. This brochure describes how exposure to dust at work can be controlled to prevent disease.
It`s for employers and managers, but workers and health and safety professionals may also find it helpful. At the hearing and in a letter to the Court after the hearing, the applicants argued that, in light of that court`s decision in Industrial Union Dept. v. American Petroleum Institute, 448 U.S. 607 (1980), the Minister`s recent amendment to OSHA`s so-called “cancer policy” was relevant to the issues in this case. We disagree. OSHA amended its cancer policy to “lead the court`s interpretation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 that the significance of the risk must be considered when issuing a carcinogenic standard and that OSHA must consider all relevant evidence in making such decisions.” 46 Federal Regulation 4889, col. 3 (1981). Until now, the Minister has assumed that there is no safe level of exposure for carcinogens, although evidence such as dose-response data is lacking.
Industrial Union Dept. v. American Petroleum Institute, op. cit. cit., pp. 620, 624-625, 635-636, Nos. 39-40 (majority opinion). As a result of that court`s decision, OSHA removed provisions in the cancer guideline that required “automatic determination of the lowest possible level,” regardless of the determination of the significance of the risk. 46 Federal Regulation 4890, col. 1 (1981).
In stark contrast to its cancer policy, OSHA explicitly stated that “exposure to cotton dust poses a significant health risk to employees,” 43 Fed. Reg. 27350, column 1 (1978), and that “low-exposure cotton dust has significant health effects,” id., 27358, column 2. In addition, the agency noted that “grade 1/2 bysinosis and associated declines in lung function in themselves have significant health effects and should be avoided as much as possible.” Id., 27354, column 2. To assess the significant risk, OSHA relied on data from the dose-response curve (the Merchant study) showing that 25% of employees had at least grade 1/2 byssinosis on an ELP of 500 mu g/m and that 12.7% of all employees would suffer from byssinosis at the PEL standard of 200 mu g/m. pp. 27358, col. 2 and 3. In reviewing Merchant`s study in light of other studies in the files, the agency noted that “Merchant`s study provides a reliable assessment of the health risk to cotton textile workers from cotton dust.” Id., 27357, column 3. OSHA concluded that the “prevalence of byssinosis should be significantly reduced” by the ELP of 200 μg/m. Id., p. 27359, col.
3; See ID., p. 27359, col. 1 (“200 mu g/m means a significant reduction in the number of workers concerned”). It is difficult to see what else the Agency could do to comply with this Court`s decision in Industrial Union Dept. v. American Petroleum Institute. While PPE provides protection against daily dust in the workplace, it is the responsibility of employers to monitor the concentration of dust in the air and respond with preventive measures when concentrations become dangerously high. Anh-Tai Vuong is President, Corporate Sales and Business Development at DuroVac (www.durovac.com), a manufacturer of industrial vacuum cleaners for rugged applications. He specializes in primary metals, mining and combustible dusts.