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Silica-related disease: it's not just silicosis.
GOHNET Newsletter 2007 Mar; (12):6-7
Silicosis is one of the oldest and best-known occupational diseases. Recognized since ancient times, cases of this incurable, but preventable, fibrotic lung disease have been identified in many countries and in many occupational settings and cases continue to be found in developed and less-developed countries. However, research studies published in the last century pointed to other diseases in workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica dust. The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a review of the large body of international health-related silica literature and published the results in 2002. NIOSH found that occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica is associated with the development of several diseases including silicosis, and may be related to the development of others. The results of the NIOSH review were incorporated into the WHO Concise International Chemical Assessment Document (CICAD) on quartz.
Silicosis; Silicon-compounds; Silica-dusts; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-respiratory-disease; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Lung-cancer; Kidney-disorders; Nephrological-disorders
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The Global Occupational Health Network
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division