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Document ID (ISN)75716
CIS number 00-1649
ISSN - Serial title 0003-4878 - Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Burgess G.L.
Title Development of an exposure matrix for respirable crystalline silica in the British pottery industry
Bibliographic information Apr. 1998, Vol.42, No.3, p.209-217. Illus. 22 ref.
Abstract Processes associated with occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica in the British pottery industry were investigated to develop estimates of worker exposures from 1930 to 1995. Information was derived from more than 1300 air samples, published literature and unpublished reports of dust control innovations and process changes. A matrix was developed specifically to support a mortality study of 5115 pottery workers in North Staffordshire, UK. Matrix values range from 2µg/m3 for pottery support activities performed in the 1990s to 800µg/m3 for firing activities in the 1930s. Although exposure estimates within particular decades varied, median concentrations for all process categories displayed an overall trend towards progressive reduction in exposure during the 65 year span. Potential methods to validate the matrix as well as sources of error are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) silica; pottery industry; job-exposure relation; respirable dust
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; dust control; United Kingdom; determination of concentration; limitation of exposure; permissible levels; air sampling; kaolin
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Dust, aerosols and related diseases
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Glass, pottery and related materials