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Expanding control banding for workplace silica exposures throughout the Americas.

Authors
Beaucham-CC; Lentz-T; Rice-F
Source
Int J Occup Environ Health 2012 Dec; 18(4):344-347
NIOSHTIC No.
20041892
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Silicosis, a lung disease caused by inhaling respirable crystalline silica dust, is an occupational illness affecting millions of workers worldwide. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has partnered with the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, and multiple agencies in the Americas to implement the program "The Elimination of Silicosis in the Americas". OBJECTIVES: One component of this program is control banding, a qualitative risk assessment and management strategy that allows non-experts to use task-based hazard data and potential exposure information to determine appropriate controls. RESULTS: From 2005 to the present, NIOSH occupational health researchers have worked with experts in Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Brazil to assess, implement, and provide tools to evaluate the use of control banding methodology.
Keywords
Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Lung-disorders; Silicosis; Silica-dusts; Respirable-dust; Exposure-levels; Exposure-limits; Hazardous-materials; Permissible-concentration-limits; Qualitative-analysis; Exposure-assessment; Risk-analysis; Management-personnel; Control-methods; Control-technology; Engineering-controls; Author Keywords: Control banding; Silica; Silcosis; International collaboration
Contact
C. C. Beaucham, CDC/NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH, USA
CODEN
IOEHFU
CAS No.
7631-86-9; 14808-60-7
Publication Date
20121201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
htn9@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
B20121218D
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1077-3525
NIOSH Division
EID
Priority Area
Manufacturing
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
State
OH
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