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What physicians need to know about occupational silicosis and silica exposure sources.
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS), Occupational Disease and Injury Services, Occupational Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance Program
Trenton, NJ: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS), 1998 Aug; :1-5
Certain Workers Are At Risk of Developing Silicosis Crystalline silica is found in many common materials. When these materials are made into a fine dust in work activities, the inhalation and deposition of these fine particles can produce silicosis over time. Workers in many industries and occupations are at risk, including: . Construction, especially bridge, tunnel, and elevated highway - Wrecking and demolition - Concrete work - Surface mining and quarrying - Underground mining - Stone cutting - Milling stone - Agriculture - Foundry - Ceramics, clay, pottery - Vitreous enameling of china plumbing fixtures - Glass manufacturing - Manufacturing of concrete products and brick - Manufacturing of soaps and detergents - Shipyards, railroads. Other employees who do not work directly with materials containing silica may be exposed as bystanders if they are in the area when crystalline silica containing materials are being used.
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What physicians need to know about sccupational silicosis and silica exposure sources.
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
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