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 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1183/09031936.00093507
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1295-1303
  • Keywords: Denim, jean, sandblasting, silicosis, textile industry, Turkey, WORKERS, CT, PNEUMOCONIOSIS, PROGRESSION, JEANS
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


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.