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Document ID (ISN)103184
CIS number 04-82
ISSN - Serial title 0003-4878 - Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) de Klerk N.H., Ambrosini G.L., Pang S.C., Musk A.W.
Title Silicosis compensation in Western Australian gold miners since the introduction of an occupational exposure standard for crystalline silica
Bibliographic information Nov. 2002, Vol.46, No.8, p.687-692. Illus. 12 ref.
Abstract The aims of this study were to re-examine the incidence of silicosis among Western Australian gold miners and to estimate the risk of silicosis among these workers since 1974, when the current exposure standard for crystalline silica was implemented. Work histories of cases compensated for pneumoconiosis after 1974 were examined. The number of workers likely to be exposed to crystalline silica in Western Australia were considered as the population at risk. It was found that there were no cases of compensated silicosis in Western Australian miners whose first dust exposure began during or after 1974. The upper 95% confidence interval for this zero rate was estimated to be 4.8 per 100,000 person-years.
Descriptors (primary) airborne dust; Western Australia; frequency rates; silicosis; gold mining; silica
Descriptors (secondary) compensation of occupational diseases; Australia; statistical evaluation; permissible levels; limitation of exposure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Mining and quarrying
Pneumoconioses