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Health alert: silica exposure in construction workers.

Authors
Connecticut Department of Health
Source
Hartford, CT: State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, 2009 Oct; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20040944
Abstract
Hundreds of workers with silicosis die each year in the U.S. and hundreds more become disabled and are unable to take care of themselves or their families. Since 1968, more than 14,000 workers in the U.S. have died from silicosis and more than one million workers are at risk of developing silicosis. The construction industry has one of the highest numbers of deaths due to silicosis. When workers inhale silica dust deep into the lungs, silica particles scar lungs, causing a disabling, irreversible, and incurable lung disease called silicosis. Silicosis is 100% preventable and there are a variety of things that employers and workers can do to reduce the risks of silicosis. Employers need to train their workers about the health effects, work practices, and protective equipment available to prevent exposure to crystalline silica dust.
Keywords
Silica-dusts; Silicates; Silicon-compounds; Silicosis; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Pulmonary-disorders; Lung; Lung-disease; Lung-disorders; Lung-function; Lung-irritants; Quartz-dust; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Breathing; Construction-industry; Workers; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection
CAS No.
7631-86-9; 14808-60-7; 14808-60-7
Publication Date
20091001
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008463
Source Name
Health alert: silica exposure in construction workers
State
CT
Performing Organization
Connecticut Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health
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