04/20/2005

It's Not Just Dust! What you should know about silicosis and crystalline silica

Silicosis is an occupational disease caused by exposure to dust from
crystalline silica, one of the most common minerals on our planet. Silicosis
isn't curable - sadly, workers still die from the disease - but it is
preventable. The keys to prevention are straightforward: Identify workplace
activities that produce crystalline silica dust and then eliminate the dust or
control it so that workers aren't exposed.

You may be using products or materials that contain crystalline silica and not
even know it. If your workplace is a dusty one or if you work with materials
that produce dust, you should be concerned about silicosis and crystalline
silica hazards.

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has published a new
borchure to inform about  workplace hazards one can control - and crystalline
silica is one of those hazards. The guide will help learn about silicosis, what
causes it, and how to prevent it.

In detail the brochure discusses:


  • What is silicosis?
  • Who should be concerned about silicosis?
  • How do you prevent silicosis?
  • How much crystalline silica is hazardous?
  • Determining when crystalline silica dust is hazardous - two examples

Further information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services