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Mineral dusts: asbestos/silica/coal/man-made mineral fibers.
Wagner GR; Hearl FJ
Textbook of clinical occupational and environmental medicine, second edition. Rosenstock L, Cullen M, Brodkin C, Redlich C, eds. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders, 2005 Jan; :1073-1086
Mineral is the term traditionally applied to naturally occurring inorganic substances having definable and consistent physical properties and chemical composition. By conventional contemporary usage, mineral also refers to similar substances of organic origin, such as coal, as well as manufactured materials of mineral origin, such as ceramic fibers or slag wool. Dusts generated in the mining, milling, manufacture, and use of minerals have long been recognized as causes of serious lung diseases. This chapter provides an overview of information useful in the recognition and prevention of diseases related to mineral dust exposure. As with any agents causing chronic disease, hazard recognition and environmental surveillance and control are key to disease prevention and are thus a primary focus of this section.
Asbestos-fibers; Asbestos-dust; Silica-dusts; Man-made-mineral-fibers; Fibrous-dusts; Coal-dust
Rosenstock L; Cullen MR; Brodkin CA; Redlich CA
Textbook of clinical occupational and environmental medicine, second edition
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