Silicosis in Stone Fabricators – 1/15/2020

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  • Bob Harrison, MD – California Department of Public Health
  • Ketki Patel, MD, PhD – Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Patty Schleiff, MS – NIOSH Respiratory Health Division
  • Katie Dodd, MPH – NIOSH Respiratory Health Division
  • Carolyn Whittaker, MS – Washington State Department of Labor & Industries


Stone fabrication workers are at risk of developing silicosis, especially those that are working with engineered stone. Work tasks such as cutting, grinding, polishing, and drilling can release silica dust into the air. Several cases of silicosis among stone fabrication workers have been reported in the US, including two fatalities. Due to the risk of exposure and serious health effects among these workers, it is important that further efforts are taken to enhance surveillance and to reduce the risk of exposure among this working population.
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the health and safety risk factors among workers employed in stone fabrication.
  • Discuss a basic surveillance approach to track these workers.
  • Discuss potential interventions to protect these workers.