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There are certain health concerns related to when a person comes in contact with unsafe levels of silica.  The presentation of these symptoms can largely vary in the amount of time that they appear, ranging from weeks to several years. Coughing, weight loss, development of a fever, chest pain and difficulty breathing are just a few of the common symptoms workers usually report when overexposed to silica.  If gone unnoticed, a person is at risk for developing more serious diseases such as pulmonary tuberculosis, kidney disease and even lung cancer.

OSHA has created certain guidelines that employers and workers should follow in order to decrease their chances of developing silicosis. It’s recommended that those workers who have started a new job in an industry where there is a risk of developing silicosis, that the individual should see a doctor every three years. There are also certain measures that should be put in place at the actual work site, such as wetting the saw blade with water before cutting into sand, wearing a respirator as well as utilizing certain engineering controls to allow ventilation to capture the dust.

Be sure to read our previous blog on the topic of silica to learn more about what exactly is silica along with who is most at risk for exposure and click here to learn more about the different regulations when it comes to crystalline silica. 

Post Date: 9/12/2018

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