Acute Silicosis Prevention
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How to Prevent Acute Silicosis
If your job puts you at risk of being exposed to silica dust, take the following steps to help prevent silicosis:
- Avoid working in dust whenever possible.
- Use water sprays and ventilation when working in confined structures. (eg, wet dust with a water hose, use saws and drills that add water)
- If applicable, wear your respirator designed for protection against crystalline silica. You cannot have a beard or mustache if you use a tight-fitting respiratory. Your employer may provide the mask.
- Take advantage of health screenings offered by your employer.
- Practice good personal hygiene in the workplace.
- Do not eat, drink, or use tobacco near dusty areas.
- After exposure to dust, wash your hands before eating, drinking, or smoking.
- Park your car where it will not become contaminated.
- Shower and change before leaving work.
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