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The Respiratory Health Program (RHP) provides national and international leadership for preventing work-related respiratory diseases and optimizing workers’ respiratory health by generating new knowledge and transferring that knowledge into practice to benefit workers. The RHP specializes in identifying, evaluating, and preventing work-related respiratory diseases and delivers resources, products, and services to those in need and to those who can effect prevention.

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Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Diacetyl and 2,3-Pentanedione
NIOSH reviewed the scientific literature concerning potential health effects, toxicology, and risk assessment pertaining to diacetyl and 2,3-pentanedione and provided recommendations to prevent and control workplace exposures.

Worker Exposure to Silica during Countertop Manufacturing, Finishing and Installation
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NIOSH have identified exposure to silica as a health hazard in the stone countertop industry and offers controls for prevention.