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Highway repair: a new silicosis threat.

Authors
Valiante-DJ; Schill-DP; Rosenman-KD; Socie-E
Source
Am J Publ Health 2004 May; 94(5):876-880
NIOSHTIC No.
20030131
Abstract
OBJECTIVES: We describe an emerging public health concern regarding silicosis in the fast-growing highway repair industry. METHODS: We examined highway construction trends, silicosis surveillance case data, and environmental exposure data to evaluate the risk of silicosis among highway repair workers. We reviewed silicosis case data from the construction industry in 3 states that have silicosis registries, and we conducted environmental monitoring for silica at highway repair work sites. RESULTS: Our findings indicate that a large population of highway workers is at risk of developing silicosis from exposure to crystalline silica. CONCLUSIONS: Exposure control methods, medical screenings, protective health standards, and safety-related contract language are necessary for preventing future occupational disease problems among highway repair workers.
Keywords
Road-construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Silica-dusts; Respirable-dust; Surveillance-programs
Contact
David J. Valiante, MS, CIH, NJ Dept of Health and Senior Services, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, Trenton, NJ 08625
CODEN
AJHEAA
CAS No.
14808-60-7
Publication Date
20040501
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
david.valiante@doh.state.nj.us
Funding Amount
197188
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-502998; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008338; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-208160
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0090-0036
Source Name
American Journal of Public Health
State
NJ; MI; OH
Performing Organization
Department of Consumer & Industry Service, Michigan Department of Public Health
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