News Release USDL: 97-209
Thursday, June 19, 1997
Contact: Frank Kane, (202) 219-8151
OSHA To Conduct Silicosis Cyber-Conference
The campaign to eliminate silicosis--a disabling
occupational lung disease that can be fatal---will advance to
cyberspace, starting July 1, the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) announced today.
The Silicosis Cyber-Conference will include scientific
papers, interactive chat forums, and multi-media presentations.
It is an extension of the March 25-26, 1997, National
Conference to Eliminate Silicosis in Washington, D.C., under the
sponsorship of OSHA, the Mine Safety and Health Administration,
the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and
the American Lung Association, that was attended by more than 600
industry, labor, government and health representatives. The
Internet conference also is part of OSHA's national special
emphasis program on silicosis.
"This cyber-conference will provide a unique and economical
opportunity for all those who were unable to attend the
Washington conference in March," said Gregory R. Watchman, Acting
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
"People from around the world will be able to exchange
information about problems of silicosis and their solutions."
More than a million Americans work in jobs where they are
exposed to silica dust. About 100,000 of them are at high risk
of developing silicosis because they are in construction jobs
where they sandblast or cut, grind or break concrete, or are in
foundry work, railroad track laying or maintenance, glass,
ceramics, abrasives or soap manufacturing, or are in mining.
More than 250 workers die with silicosis annually.
Continued exposure to silica dust can lead to the
respiratory disease. There is no cure. Prevention is the only
The cyber-conference will highlight the following topics:
General References: Silicosis Primer, Education Resources,and Outreach
Exposure Monitoring: Sampling and Analysis
Prevention: Engineering, Respiratory Protection, and Training Workers
Silicosis: Diagnosis, Prevalence, Medical Interventions
General information, multimedia presentations, and
interactive chat forums with experts addressing issues raised by
on-line participants also are planned.
Notices of the Silicosis Cyber-Conference will be posted on
the OSHA home page on the Internet (http://www.osha.gov) under
the technical information link. Persons interested in presenting
papers or participating in forum discussions should contact Ray
Abel at email@example.com or Mike Shulsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or
at the OSHA Salt Lake City, Utah, Technical Center at 801-487-0073.
The Salt Lake Technical Center is coordinating the cyber-conference.