Protect Workers from Toxic Environments

Target: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Goal: Stop delaying setting standards to protect workers in toxic environments.

Over 400,000 workers in the United States are working in dangerous environments around proven toxic metals. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is slow to protect these workers. While thousands of people are made sick by their work environments each year, OSHA is taking up to and over a decade to regulate these environments.

Workers who are exposed to the metals beryllium and silica have been waiting for over fifteen years for OSHA to provide standards to protect them. Beryllium and silica are metals which are classified as ‘known human carcinogens.’ OSHA claims there are too many procedures in place for making these standards to expedite the process. These procedures include lengthy panel discussions and site visits, which can add months to the process. There are ways to shorten the process, such as increasing OSHA’s cooperation with other agencies or setting priorities for OSHA’s many processes.

The workers in these harmful environments should not be forced to continue their exposure to toxic materials solely because OSHA’s process is slow. The administration has options to expedite the process, but will not do so. Tell OSHA to stop the delays in setting standards to protect workers.


Dear Occupational Safety and Health Administration,

You have been taking over a decade to set standards for working with beryllium and silica. While your process takes a long time, thousands of workers exposed to the toxic metals are harmed. The process is clearly too long and is causing even more harm to these workers.

I ask you to stop the delays in the process of setting standards. Workers who must be in a toxic environment deserve the protection your administration promises to give them. Procedural hurdles should not be the thing stopping these people from being protected. There are definite ways in which the process of setting standards can be expedited, and it is your duty to find these ways.


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