NIOSH, Partnership Promote Practices to Control Silica Exposures during Asphalt Pavement Milling
Milling asphalt pavement allows us to recycle materials while resurfacing our roads -- but cold-milling machines can generate airborne crystalline silica dust, putting road crews at risk of respiratory illness.
"Inhalation of respirable crystalline silica can cause silicosis, a debilitating and potentially fatal lung disease, and other possible adverse health outcomes," said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. "This collaborative effort by labor, industry and government reflects the current knowledge of best practices and a partnership that has succeeded in developing recommended engineering controls for these worksites."
Dr. Christine Branche, Director of NIOSH's Office of Construction Safety and Health, will present highlights from the document in Baltimore on March 17th at the 2015 World of Asphalt Show & Conference.
Xiuwen Sue Dong, Knut Ringen, Laura Welch, and John Dement American Journal of Industrial Medicine, September 2014.
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