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Severe Silicosis in Engineered Stone Fabrication Workers – US and Global Perspectives



Presented By: Robert Harrison, MD, MPH
Public Health Medical Officer, California Department of Public Health

Respirable crystalline silica exposure causes silicosis, a disabling and sometimes fatal lung disease. Over the past several years, hundreds of cases of silicosis (many with severe progressive disease) have been reported worldwide among workers who cut, polish and grind countertops made of engineered (“artificial”) stone. The first cluster of silicosis – including two fatalities in California – was reported by Dr. Robert Harrison and colleagues in September 2019 among engineered stone fabrication workers in four States. Several cases also had autoimmune disease and latent tuberculosis infection. Dr. Harrison will describe the identification of the outbreak in the US, implications for clinical practice, and recommendations for prevention.

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2 thoughts on “Severe Silicosis in Engineered Stone Fabrication Workers – US and Global Perspectives

  1. Please help spread awareness of silicosis. hopefully someone can create a cure for this horrible disease I worry everyday that I will die from going to work and working hard my employer never informed us of the dangers and never provided any protectionI wish osha or someone would have told me the dangers of drilling into concrete i had no idea my employer never gave me any kind of protection and never told me of the dangers we were carpenters and had to attach wood to concrete or drill tie down holes blow out the holes with air and epoxy the all threaded rods in never realized its fatal with no hope no cure no treatments.my life has been turned upside down and no one would even investigate the company they denied it and osha said they needed a 3 day notice prior to drilling which the contractors know and know there untouchable. My life is ruined at 35

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