OSHA’s funding disclosure requirement for silica rule comments draws ire

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Agency cites need to avoid conflict of interest as basis for controversial requirement

March 20, 2014

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is requiring those who submit comments on the silica rule to disclose their funding sources for their scientific research to avoid conflict of interest. “The chilling effect the financial disclosure could have seems counter to the idea of robust inclusion of a diverse set of ideas and views to inform the rule-making,” said Liz Wolgemuth, a spokeswoman for Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

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