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Silica-related disease: it's not just silicosis.

Authors
Rice-FL
Source
GOHNET Newsletter 2007 Mar; (12):6-7
NIOSHTIC No.
20031954
Abstract
Silicosis is one of the oldest and best-known occupational diseases. Recognized since ancient times, cases of this incurable, but preventable, fibrotic lung disease have been identified in many countries and in many occupational settings and cases continue to be found in developed and less-developed countries. However, research studies published in the last century pointed to other diseases in workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica dust. The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a review of the large body of international health-related silica literature and published the results in 2002. NIOSH found that occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica is associated with the development of several diseases including silicosis, and may be related to the development of others. The results of the NIOSH review were incorporated into the WHO Concise International Chemical Assessment Document (CICAD) on quartz.
Keywords
Silicosis; Silicon-compounds; Silica-dusts; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-respiratory-disease; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Lung-cancer; Kidney-disorders; Nephrological-disorders
CAS No.
7440-21-3; 14808-60-7
Publication Date
20070301
Document Type
Newsletter; Lay Publication
Email Address
flr2@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
12
NIOSH Division
EID
Source Name
The Global Occupational Health Network
State
OH
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