Tag: Silica

Coal Mines Make Black Lung

Black Lung is still around.   This last week the National Public Radio (NPR) collaborated with  PBS investigative series Frontline on an article titled:   “An Epidemic Is Killing Thousands of Coal Miners.  Regulators Could Have Stopped It.”  The multiyear investigation by NPR and Frontline found that these coal miners are part of an unfortunate, tragic, discovered outbreak Read More

Dr. Alice Hamilton: Industrial Hygiene Crusader

For National Women Physician’s day, we choose to commemorate the success of Dr. Alice Hamilton.  As consumers, we support a marketplace that allows us to acquire low-cost products quickly.  Sometimes production of those consumer products comes at a human health cost.  Alice Hamilton was a pioneer in the field of occupational health and safety.  There Read More

What is a Silica Dust Situation?

What is silica dust?  Silica is among the most common elements that occur naturally on the planet. The mineral is found in most materials common on construction sites.  This includes soil, sand, on concrete, rocks, granite, masonry, and landscaping materials. When these materials are disturbed, it will create the silica dust.  Types of disturbance can be, Read More

Respirable Dust Monitor History

The need for a Respirable Dust Monitor It wasn’t until August 1st, 2014; a groundbreaking respirable dust rule went into effect. The rule which was introduced by the United States Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) further adds to the increased list of various protections designed for coal miners.  While effectively closing some loopholes that Read More

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