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Silica: it's not just dust - protect your lungs from deadly silicosis.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 97-112, 1997 Jan; :1
Each year 250 or more families will lose a loved one to silicosis. Workers in construction, agriculture, foundries, rock drilling, sandblasting, and mining are at risk. Protect your lungs if you work near or produce dust from silica-containing materials, rock, concrete, sand, and other masonry products. Tiny silica particles can become trapped in your lungs and cause a disease called silicosis. You and your employer can control silica dust by using dust control equipment.
Silica-dusts; Silicosis; Control-equipment; Respirable-dust; Respirators
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 97-112
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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