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Opening session remarks.
Respirable dust in the mineral industries, proceedings of the 3rd symposium on respirable dust in the mineral industries, October 17-19, 1990, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Frantz RL, Ramani RV, eds. Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 1991 Jan; :11-12
The role of NIOSH and the Generic Center in research on the prevention and control of dust related diseases and conditions was discussed. These agencies have focused on primary preventative methods for control of occupational dust exposures; that is, solving problems before they affect workers. Lung diseases have been identified as the leading occupational disease in the United States and a substantial portion of these diseases has come from workers in the mining industry. Research conducted by NIOSH and the Generic Center has focused on identifying the characteristics of dusts that induce biological toxicity, the development of engineering methods to control or reduce dust generation, and identification of the earliest markers of human disease. The author stressed the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in occupational disease prevention.
Occupational-exposure; Control-technology; Mining-industry; Dust-exposure; Dust-control; Toxic-effects
Respirable dust in the mineral industries, proceedings of the 3rd symposium on respirable dust in the mineral industries, October 17-19, 1990, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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