Cotton Dust Update; and Summary of the Conference

P.J. Wakelyn and R.R. Jacobs


Following lengthy rulemaking, in June 1978, OSHA published two new standards for exposure to cotton dust. One was for the ginning industry (1910.1046 and 1928.21 amended) and the other (the "general industry" standard; 29 CFR 1910.1043) for all other sectors where cotton is processed or handled. Litigation was initiated immediately for both standards. Court or administrative actions have invalidated the standard, or stayed its enforcement, essentially for all sectors except textile mills and weaving. However, OSHA can technically still apply the old 1 mg total dust standard in most non-textile areas and in textile mills.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1983 Beltwide Cotton Dust Conference pp. 1 - 3
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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