Silicosis and highway construction workers.
APHA 133rd Annual Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 10-14, 2005. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association, 2005 Dec; :109789
Surveillance of silicosis in New Jersey has identified an emerging public health concern linking silicosis and the fast-growing highway repair industry. Highway construction trends, silicosis surveillance case data, and environmental exposure data identify a risk of silicosis in highway repair operations. Silicosis case data pertaining to the construction industry from three states with silicosis registries were reviewed and highway repair worksite environmental monitoring for silica was conducted. The findings indicate that highway construction workers are at risk of developing silicosis from exposure to crystalline silica in this industry. Prevention activity in areas such as exposure control methods, medical screening, protective health standards, and safety-related contract language is necessary in preventing future occupational disease problems in this industry.
Surveillance-programs; Silicosis; Public-health; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Construction; Road-construction; Environmental-exposure; Environmental-hazards; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Workers; Work-environment
David Valiante, MS, CIH, Occupational Health Services, NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, P.O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625
APHA 133rd Annual Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 10-14, 2005
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services