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Silicosis, TB, and sandblasting the interiors of tanks.
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 19-23, 1997, Dallas, Texas. Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association, 1997 May; :31
Case Study Description: Silicosis prevention among painting subcontractors. Situation: Follow-up to TB screening uncovered a case of complicated silicosis at a small industrial painting firm. A physician referred the case to NIOSH. Problem: A NIOSH investigation found the subcontractor's workers to be overexposed to crystalline silica during sandblasting and clean-up activities. NIOSH also found deficiencies in the subcontractor 's respiratory protection and medical surveillance programs. Resolution: Due to the serious nature of the findings, NIOSH advised the subcontractor of the inadequacies and referred the operation to OSHA for enforcement follow-up. Benefit to Other Practitioners: Industrial hygienists for prime contractors and /or construction managers will be made aware of the need to select subcontractors with acceptable occupational health programs.
Silicosis; Silica-dusts; Sand-blasting; Workers; Work-environment; Hazards; Respiratory-system-disorders; Respiratory-irritants; Air-contamination; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Pulmonary-function; Respiratory-protection; Surveillance-programs; Industrial-hygienists
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 19-23, 1997, Dallas, Texas
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