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Silicosis in employees in the processing of kitchen, bar and shop countertops made from quartz resin composite. Provisional results of the environmental and health survey conducted within the territory of USL 11 of Empoli in Tuscany among employees in the

@inproceedings{Bartoli2012SilicosisIE,
  title={Silicosis in employees in the processing of kitchen, bar and shop countertops made from quartz resin composite. Provisional results of the environmental and health survey conducted within the territory of USL 11 of Empoli in Tuscany among employees in the},
  author={Dusca Bartoli and Bruno Banchi and Francesco Di Benedetto and Farina Ga and Tonina Enza Iaia and Carla Poli and Maurizio Romanelli and Giuseppina Scancarello and M Tarchi},
  year={2012}
}
In the territory of USL 11 Empoli, Tuscany, 22 companies are active in working stone, eight of them also work in compositematerials, synthetic resin and quartz, mainly used to produce countertops, bathrooms, counters of stores, etc..These materials commonly contain more than 90% of quartz and are processed in the same manner as natural materials.Dry machining, which give rise to high production of dust, is present in the working cycle. Environmental investigationswere conducted in the two… 
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