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Coalition Calls for Action on Preventing Silica Disease in Miners

Posted By Mark Ellis, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Ohio Valley ReSource, a regional journalism collaborative reporting on economic and social change in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, published a story drawing attention to a recent statement by the National Coalition of Black Lung Respiratory Disease Clinics calling on federal regulators to enact a standard to control the dust generated when mining equipment cuts into rock containing silica, or quartz.  The story expands on coverage by National Public Radio and Frontline highlighting the surge in silica-related disease in underground coal mines.  While the focus of the journalistic reporting has focused on coal, the implications for metal and nonmetal mining are far from clear.  The current MSHA permissible exposure limit for quartz is essentially one-half of the one adopted in 2016 by OSHA for the general industry, construction and maritime sectors.  Current MSHA regulations also lack the stringent ancillary provisions addressing exposure monitoring and medical surveillance incorporated in the OSHA rule.  The Ohio Valley ReSource story goes on to cite statements by Assistant Secretary David Zatezalo during a recent MSHA stakeholder meeting and those of Rep. Bobby Scott, Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, regarding hearings that may presage legislative solutions.  The Ohio Valley ReSource story can be accessed through the following link:

Tags:  Black Lung  MSHA  PEL  permissible exposure limit  quartz  silica 

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