Reporters investigate the impacts of hydraulic fracturing in Texas; a new poll finds widespread support for "family friendly" workplace policies, including paid sick days and paid family leave; and large-scale hog operations raise environmental concerns in Iowa.
US industrial sand production increases dramatically, yet industry says worker protection too costly
Since the White House Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) began reviewing the Labor Department’s proposed rule to reduce by one-half the permissible workplace exposure to respirable crystalline silica more than two year ago, the US has seen a dramatic increase in industrial sand mining, a major route of workers’ exposure to silica dust. Industry groups claim the more-protective standard would be too expensive.
How can we bring a public health perspective to shale gas production? The latest issue of the journal New Solutions (now free online) has some suggestions.
Following reports of high levels of worker exposure to crystalline silica due to the extensive use of sand at hydrofracking operations, two agencies that focus on occupational health have issued a hazard alert urging employers to protect workers from this respiratory hazard.