OSHA's Cotton Dust Standard

OSHA's Cotton Dust Standard

The standard greatly restricts the amount of cotton dust allowable in a facility. It requires employers to modernize much of their plant equipment, including installing advanced ventilation systems and instituting new work practices, such as floor sweeping procedures. Industry had four years to comply and, in the meantime, they had to supply their workers with respirators. It did force some of the older plants to close down, because their antiquated equipment was the dustiest. These plants likely would have been forced to close in the modernization drive, a result of heightened international competition from developing nations.

Cry Wolf Quotes

Nobody has proven cotton dust is a source of disease….In forty years, we’ve not had one single employee…disabled because of a respiratory problem.

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William Pitts owner of the 80 year old Hermitage Mills, located in Camden South Carolina.

It is sickening to see the gutless minions of the news media siding with those few crybaby Americans who obviously are looking for a handout from the very hand that fed and clothed their families.

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William Pitts owner of the 80 year old Hermitage Mills, located in Camden South Carolina.

On Friday, June 23, the world ended for some U.S. textile firms.

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Textile World, July, 1978.

This fight is as old civilization: the unending war of a free people with inalienable rights granted by God, against those tyrannical power-hungry politicians intent on the establishment of a totalitarian government.

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William Pitts owner of the 80 year old Hermitage Mills, located in Camden South Carolina.

Evidence

Backgrounders & Briefs

Gauging Control Technology and Regulatory Impacts in Occupational Safety and Health

Information on multiple OSHA regulations and their costs. In almost every case, the regulations were far cheaper than the agency estimated.