OSHA, Cotton Dust and Theories of The State

Guarasci, Richard
May 1986
Humanity & Society;May86, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p145
Academic Journal
The article presents information on the role of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in formulating occupational health policy in the U.S. Occupational health issues are given importance in politics, because they are class issues. OSHA has statutory authority to set and enforce occupational safety and health standards, so that workers get safe and healthy working conditions. In a study on cotton textile workers in the U.S., a large number of workers were at a risk of a serious lung disease called byssinosis. A permissible exposure limit for cotton dust was set by the federal government. This standard became a universal standard for all cotton textile after the creation of OSHA.


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