An epidemic of silicosis among former denim sandblasters


AKGÜN M., ARAZ Ö., Akkurt I., EROĞLU A., ALPER F., SAĞLAM L., ...More

EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY JOURNAL, vol.32, no.5, pp.1295-1303, 2008 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1183/09031936.00093507
  • Journal Name: EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY JOURNAL
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1295-1303
  • Keywords: Denim, jean, sandblasting, silicosis, textile industry, Turkey, WORKERS, CT, PNEUMOCONIOSIS, PROGRESSION, JEANS

Abstract

Sandblasting denim using silica has emerged as a new cause of silicosis in Turkey. Following the discovery of several cases of silicosis in (young) workers who used this process, the frequency and main occupational risk factors of silicosis among former denim sandblasters in the region of Erzurum (Turkey) were evaluated.