Sand casting foundries face a particular environmental health risk concerning airborne silica: the sand that is their medium for forming parts is the source of a dangerous toxin, one that the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) asserts may cause lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in workers. After decades of consideration and discussion, in March 2016 OSHA issued a final rule to minimize workers’ exposure to respirable ...

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