Mortality among workers in the diatomaceous earth industry.

  title={Mortality among workers in the diatomaceous earth industry.},
  author={Harvey Checkoway and Nicholas J. Heyer and Paul A Demers and Norman E. Breslow},
  journal={British journal of industrial medicine},
  volume={50 7},
A cohort mortality study was conducted among workers from two plants in the diatomaceous earth mining and processing industry in California. Diatomaceous earth consists of the skeletal remains of diatoms. Exposure to amorphous (non-crystalline) and crystalline silica in the form of quartz results from open pit mining and exposure to crystalline silica (principally cristobalite) occurs in the processing of the material. Lung cancer and non-malignant respiratory diseases have been the health… CONTINUE READING
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