Provide education and technical assistance to minimize silica emissions from stone crusher mills in the Khurda District of Orissa, India. Monitor exposures and encourage medical screening programs.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Airborne silica generated from stone crusher mills (used to produce gravel used in construction) throughout Orissa, India is suspected to be the cause of increased morbidity and mortality rates from silicosis, cancer, and other lung disease. Unprotected workers, including children, working without respirators, in plants lacking proper ventilation or dust removal systems, are exposed to clouds of silica dust. Emissions from these operations are also known to affect local communities.
How will this project solve this problem?
The goals of this project are:1) reduce risk of cancer and respiratory disease by reducing the exposures; 2) provide educational programs regarding health hazards and emission controls; 3) demonstrate the effectiveness of pollution control equipment;
Potential Long Term Impact
By demonstrating pollution control equipment and educating workers, we hope to reduce exposures to airborne silica in the stone crushing industries in this region..
Total Funding Received to Date: $451
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $451 . The original project funding goal was $10,000.