Politicians putting women’s health on the chopping block isn’t new. But the pain feels so much sharper with this Congress and White House chipping away at constitutional rights and slashing funding for women’s health. The burden will fall heaviest on women who can least afford cuts, but who will be forced to pay the heaviest price.
OSHA’s new standard would cut building trade workers’ exposure to silica, now 100 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift, to 50 micrograms/cubic meter. Inhaling silica dust is believed to cause lung cancer, kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, OSHA has said.