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.
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;
By demonstrating pollution control equipment and educating workers, we hope to reduce exposures to airborne silica in the stone crushing industries in this region..
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