Clearing the Air correspondence with OSHAClearing the Air recently wrote to Minnesota officials within the Department of Labor and Industry, here is their partial response and Clearing the Air's rebuttal:
In your June 12, 2007, e-mail message, you questioned why OSHA was absent from the on going secondhand smoke debate.
Federal OSHA did propose an indoor air quality rule in 1994. It was met with vigorous opposition and was subsequently withdrawn in 2001.
Most of the debate about secondhand smoke has centered on protecting patrons. By federal law, OSHA's jurisdiction is limited to employers with employees...
With all due respect Mr. Isakson it appears to me, and thousands of others, as though OSHA caved into pharmaceutical nicotine special interests and pressure.
And regarding your assertion:
Most of the debate about secondhand smoke has centered on protecting patrons.
The fact of the matter is that tobacco control activists know that they cannot justify smoking bans on this claim.....so all smoking bans in the last couple of years have been justified as protecting the health of employees (Minnesota's included).
And since all the secondhand smoke air quality test results (measuring for specific trace chemicals) conducted by pro-smoking ban groups around the world prove that secondhand smoke levels are far safer than OSHA permissible exposure limits (PEL).....it's time for OSHA to develop a spine and stand up for its PELs. Especially in light of the fact that remaining silent on the issue brings about more unneccesary smoking bans, countless business closings, and higher unemployment rates.
Smoking bans may seem politically correct to the politicos and pharmaceutical nicotine special interests that fund them, but they damage local economies, and when the air quality testing is analyzed.....they are certainly not justified.
It's time for OSHA to stand up to these rent seeking bullies, and speak the truth......if your permissible exposure limits are acceptable for welding smoke in the workplace......then they are acceptable for the far, far, less hazardous secondhand smoke component levels.
Air quality testing of secondhand smoke by pro-smoking ban researchers prove levels are far SAFER than OSHA permissible exposure limits for indoor workplace air quality. (see link below:)