About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
Respiratory illness can be serious and in some cases, deadly. In today's workforce many workers are not properly protected and are at risk for respiratory illness.
It was recently reported that employees of Lake Compounce Family Theme Park who sprayed coatings on park equipment and worked with caustic chemicals in the park's paint room were exposed to chemical, burn and respirator hazards. Inspectors cited the Bristol, Connecticut facility for 18 serious violations of workplace safety standards.
We've seen the impact of respiratory illness and how it can be devastating to workers, their families and employers who did not properly protect their workers.
An average human being can survive up to 8 weeks without food, 3-5 days without water, but only 5-10 minutes without air. This constant need makes it especially important to protect your workers’ respiratory health. In addition to possible suffocation, breathing hazards may cause cancer, lung impairment, diseases, or death.