U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez – Protecting Workers from Silica Dust
On March 24th, and after several years of rulemaking, U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez announced the promulgation of the Department of Labor’s final silica exposure rule at the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers’ (BAC) International Training Center in Bowie, Maryland.
The BAC has taken a leading role in working with community and industry partners, scientists and lawmakers to ensure adoption of the final rule. “This is a huge step forward for millions of workers in the U.S., including Local BAC members who have suffered from silica dust exposure for generations,” BAC President Jim Boland said. “Together, our Union and the broader labor movement have and will continue to improve safety and health protections for our workers. Together, we can make workers’ lives better. And together, we will continue the fight to protect this final standard.”