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Dry cutting & grinding is risky business.
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS), Public Health Services Branch, Division of Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health, Occupational Health Service, Occupational Health Surveillance Program
Trenton, NJ: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS), 2006 Jan; :1-4
That cloud of dust you see when a worker cuts or grinds concrete, brick, or stone is not just harmless dust ... It contains crystalline silica ... and IT CAN KILL. Most crystalline silica is in the form of quartz. Common sand is almost 100% quartz. Fine particles created by cutting and grinding can get deep into the lungs. Most concrete and masonry products contain large amounts of sand. When you inhale the dust, silica particles scar your lungs, causing a disabling, irreversible, and incurable lung disease called silicosis. The good news is that silicosis is 100% preventable. You can work with silica-containing materials in ways that do not result in exposure to dust.
Respiratory-system-disorders; Respiration; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Pulmonary-function; Diseases; Humans; Men; Women; Public-health; Risk-factors; Employee-exposure; Employees; Employee-health; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Health-hazards; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Hazards; Sensitization; Silicosis; Silicon-compounds; Silicates; Milling-industry; Grinding-mills; Grinding-equipment
Dry cutting & grinding is risky business
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
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