Council Seeks Alternative Ways to Set Cotton Dust Standard

by Council on Wage and Price Stability on June 20, 1977
by Council on Wage and Price Stability

The Council on Wage and Price Stability today urged the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to consider alternative approaches to setting a new cotton dust standard. The Council said more protection against byssinosis (also known as brown lung disease) could be achieved at the same cost to consumers through a standard that gives more consideration to cost effectiveness.

Specifically, the Council urged OSHA to consider establishing different cotton dust levels for different processing stages in the industry such as yarn preparation versus weaving) since both the toxicity of cotton dust and the cost of cleaning it up vary by stage of processing. The dust is more toxic, for instance, in early stages where costs of removing it are also lower.

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