Low-Resource Contaminant Controls: A Student Development Challenge!

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Hazard Prevention and Engineering Controls Committee (HPECC),  Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB) and WHWB-US are co-sponsoring a workplace contaminant controls development challenge directed to students to promote worker health and safety in developing countries.

For this inaugural challenge, the focus is on silica exposures arising from work with agate. Agate stones have been shaped and polished into beads and other decorative items for thousands of years. The shaping and polishing of agate generates a fine crystalline silica dust when shaped and polished. People typically perform these jobs in workshops in their homes, a practice which has resulted in high incidences of silicosis among these workers, their families, and their neighbors.

Occupational health activists have tried to find effective strategies to confront this problem, with only limited success; huge challenges remain.

More details on this challenge are available as a downloadable PDF file at this link.

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