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'It's Going To Get Worse': How U.S. Countertop Workers Started Getting Sick
This article, produced for National Public Radio's All Things Considered, discusses worker health issues related to silica exposures from countertops.
Workers Are Falling Ill, Even Dying, After Making Kitchen Countertops
National Public Radio's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports out on ill effects to workers by making kitchen countertops due to silica exposure.
OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime
Workers who are exposed to respirable crystalline silica dust are at increased risk of developing serious silica-related diseases. OSHA’s standard requires employers to take steps to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica.
Los temas de seguridad y salud: Sílice
La sílice cristalina es un mineral común que se encuentra en muchos materiales de origen natural y se usa en muchos productos industriales y en obras de construcción.
Oregon OSHA Fact Sheet: Overview of Oregon OSHA's silica rules for general industry and construction
All employers must comply with the updated silica rules by July 1, 2018. Learn the details about the rule in this factsheet.
Source: Oregon OSHA
NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topics: Silica
Millions of U.S. workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in a variety of industries and occupations, including construction, sandblasting, and mining. Learn more about health effects, prevention and exposures.
WorkSafe BC: Silica topic page
For information on protecting workers from harmful exposure to silica dust, see the resources section below, which includes a silica control tool.
Source: Worksafe BC