Tell Congress That Workers Need a Stronger Silica Standard Now

U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate

Thousands of workers die each year from exposure to silica dust—a major component of sand and mineral ores that is commonplace in the construction, bricklaying and mining industries. Silica causes lung cancer, kidney disease, autoimmune diseases and silicosis, a debilitating and irreversible lung disease.

Though silica is recognized as a serious workplace hazard, the current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) silica standards are based on outdated research from the 1920s and fail to protect workers. In 2013, OSHA proposed a rule that would reduce silica dust exposures and strengthen protections but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Chemistry Council and other industry groups are lobbying against finalizing this common-sense rule.

Sign the petition now to tell Congress workers need a stronger OSHA silica standard now.

To: U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate
From: [Your Name]

Thousands of workers die each year from exposure to silica but a new OSHA rule would strengthen protections for workers. I'm calling on you to support the OSHA rule to reduce silica dust exposures for workers.