Silicosis Prevention Guidelines

Silicosis Prevention Guidelines

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers several silicosis prevention guidelines to help workers reduce the likelihood of developing the condition. These silicosis prevention guidelines are largely geared toward industrial workers who are exposed to silica dust on a regular basis, including construction workers, cement and asphalt paving manufacturers, masons and concrete workers, miners, welders and other individuals in blue-collar occupations.

NIOSH’s silicosis prevention guidelines recommend that anyone who works with or around silica dust:

  • Wear appropriate protective gear, including a respirator, when working with silica products
  • Ensure proper ventilation in confined workspaces
  • Use dust collection systems and non-silica-containing abrasives to avoid exposing nearby workers to silica dust
  • Wash his or her hands before eating or drinking in the workplace
  • Shower and change into clean, noncontaminated clothing before leaving the worksite
  • Participate in routine health screenings to identify any abnormalities early on

While following these silicosis prevention guidelines can reduce a person’s risk of developing the disease, it does not eliminate the risk entirely. For this reason, it’s important to remain watchful for any potential symptoms, including chest pain, difficulty breathing and a chronic cough, even when following best practices for silicosis prevention. If any of these symptoms do develop, a physician can determine the underlying cause and provide individualized recommendations for treatment.

At the Lung Institute, we offer stem cell therapy as an alternative therapy for silicosis. Unlike other treatments, which are only capable of reducing the symptoms of the disease, our stem cell treatments have the potential to reduce inflammation and slow down the overall progression of the condition. These therapies, which are performed using a patient’s own stem cells, have helped many individuals improve their quality of life.

For more information about silicosis treatment options, contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065. We have a caring team standing by to help you learn more about your diagnosis.

* All treatments performed at Lung Institute utilize autologous stem cells, meaning those derived from a patient's own body. No fetal or embryonic stem cells are utilized in Lung Institute's procedures. Lung Institute aims to improve patients' quality of life and help them breathe easier through the use of autologous stem cell therapy. To learn more about how stem cells work for lung disease, click here.

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