Exposing A Fracking Hazard: Silica Dust

Law360, New York (July 19, 2012, 1:11 PM EDT) -- In June 2012, federal officials from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)[1] issued a hazard alert on worker exposure to silica during hydraulic fracturing, identifying exposure to airborne respirable crystalline silica as a potential health hazard to workers conducting hydraulic fracturing operations.

The hazard alert follows results from a NIOSH field effort to assess chemical exposures to oil and gas extraction workers (NIOSH field study)[2], in which OSHA and NIOSH, along with oil and...
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