Speaking with WBUR’s “Here and Now,” Rosemary Sokas chair of the Department of Human Sciences at Georgetown University, breaks down how workers get exposed to silica. The way workers get exposed to silica is when it is grinder, jack hammered, or freshly fractured which can down the line can cause cancer, chronic silicosis, and acute silicosis.
Industry leaders are saying it would cost them $50 million to implement these changes. Industry leaders say that they don’t need a requirement from OSHA to implement safe and healthy work environments. However, Sokas says that OSHA has provided some easy and low-cost mechanisms to reduce silica dust exposure such as wetting, vacuuming, and more.