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Technological Responses to Silica’s Health Risk for Oil and Gas Workers

A 1971 OSHA regulation sets the amount of silica that can be inhaled in a day to about twice the amount that can fit on FDR's nose on a dime.

Sand is a key ingredient in hydraulic fracturing, but breathing in too much of it can be deadly. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health raised an alarm in 2012 that workers at fracking sites in Colorado were being exposed to high silica dust levels. Continue Reading →

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