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Control of drywall sanding dust exposures.
Mead KR; Miller AK; Flesch JP
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2000 Nov; 15(11):820-821
Construction workers who sand drywall joint compound are often exposed to high concentrations of dusts and, in some cases, respirable silica. Drywall joint compounds are made from many ingredients (i.e., talc, calcite, mica, gypsum, silica). Some of these have been associated with varying degrees of eye, nose, throat, and respiratory tract irritation. Over time, breathing the dust from drywall joint compounds may cause persistent throat and airway irritation, coughing, phlegm production, and breathing difficulties similar to asthma. Smokers or workers with sinus or respiratory conditions may risk even worse health problems. When silica is presist, workers may also face an increased risk of silicosis and lung cancer.
Airborne dusts; Airborne particles; Dust collection; Dust collectors; Dust control; Dust control equipment; Dust inhalation; Dust masks; Dust measurement; Dust particles; Dust suppression; Dusts; Respirators; Respiratory equipment; Respiratory protective equipment; Construction industry; Construction workers; Construction materials; Pulmonary system disorders; Respiratory system disorders; Mineral dusts; Silica dusts
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Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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