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Control of drywall sanding dust exposures.

Authors
Mead-KR; Miller-AK; Flesch-JP
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2000 Nov; 15(11):820-821
NIOSHTIC No.
20020751
Abstract
Construction workers who sand drywall joint compound are often exposed to high concentrations of dusts and, in some cases, respirable silica. Drywall joint compounds are made from many ingredients (i.e., talc, calcite, mica, gypsum, silica). Some of these have been associated with varying degrees of eye, nose, throat, and respiratory tract irritation. Over time, breathing the dust from drywall joint compounds may cause persistent throat and airway irritation, coughing, phlegm production, and breathing difficulties similar to asthma. Smokers or workers with sinus or respiratory conditions may risk even worse health problems. When silica is presist, workers may also face an increased risk of silicosis and lung cancer.
Keywords
Airborne-dusts; Airborne-particles; Dust-collection; Dust-collectors; Dust-control; Dust-control-equipment; Dust-inhalation; Dust-masks; Dust-measurement; Dust-particles; Dust-suppression; Dusts; Respirators; Respiratory-equipment; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Construction-materials; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders; Mineral-dusts; Silica-dusts
CODEN
AOEHE9
CAS No.
13397-24-5; 14807-96-6; 14808-60-7; 471-34-1; 12001-26-2
Publication Date
20001101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
11
ISSN
1047-322X
NIOSH Division
DPSE; DSHEFS; EID
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
OH
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