Is The Air Fit to Breathe?

Publisher:  Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), Canada
Year Published:  1977  
Pages:  7pp  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX397

This pamphlet describes some of the more common air-pollution health dangers at the work site and outlines some workers rights guaranteed by law.

Abstract:  This pamphlet describes some of the more common air-pollution health dangers at the work site and outlines some workers rights guaranteed by law. A frequent industrial health hazard is the presence of silica in the air. It is one of the most common substances in rock. Exposure to it occurs in hard rock mining in foundries, in granite cutting, in fire-brick making, in polishing or grinding where abrasive wheels are used, in sandblasting and in the manufacture of porcelain and pottery. The major symptom of silicosis is shortness of breath. In the beginning this may show only under heavy physical exertion. Later it may appear even when climbing a flight of stairs and finally it may happen that the victim is out of breath even when resting.
The pamphlet describes some ways to protect oneself and shows how to go about assuring that one's workplace is safe. Steps in gathering information are outlined and some avenues for resolution of problems are suggested.

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