The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Toxic Chemicals Kill Thousands

Nov 23, 2015

OSHA scientists have set limits for usage of 470 of the most common toxic chemicals in the work places, but thousands more are not yet tested. Why? Congress has cut OSHA’s funding.

After protests from miners and others, OSHA began, in the 1970s, to regulate dangers in the work place. And these regulations brought down the number of black lung cases and deaths for miners, to give one example.

But years of de-funding, thanks to the efforts of corporate lobbyists, have left their mark. In the work places, there are an estimated 50,000 deaths caused by working conditions per year, about 190,000 illnesses and billions of dollars in medical costs.

That’s what it means when Congress turns OSHA into a paper tiger – to save corporations some money.