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ERIC Number: ED470797
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Silicosis in Sandblasters: A Case Study Adapted for Use in U.S. High Schools. NIOSH Case Study in Occupational Epidemiology.
Malit, Bonita D.
This document presents a case study of silicosis in sandblasters that has been adapted for instructional use in U.S. high schools. The primary objective of the case study is to teach students about epidemiology by studying an occupational hazard, disease associated with the hazard, and methods for preventing the disease. The introduction offers background information on the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, discuses the incidence and effects of silicosis in U.S. workers, and lists the five behavioral objectives addressed in the case study. Presented next is a glossary of 35 terms related to epidemiology and silicosis. The next three sections consist of 10 questions and answers on the following topics: how epidemiologists traced the cause of a outbreak of silicosis in Texas; silica's properties and possible dangers; the types, symptoms, and effects of silicosis; the number of workers exposed to dust containing crystalline silica; the fields of occupational health that protect workers from occupational hazards; engineering controls, work practices, and protective devices used to protect workers from silica; other steps to detect and control silicosis in the workplace; steps workers can take to reduce exposure to silica and prevent silicosis; and additional sources of information about preventing silicosis. Ten suggested readings and five resource organizations are listed. (MN)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health (DHHS/PHS), Cincinnati, OH.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Occupational Safety and Health Act 1970