Silicosis is a lung disorder which causes difficulty in breathing and occurs due to inhalation of minute silica particles. Those in the mining, quarrying and glass manufacturing industry are usually at the risk of acquiring silicosis. This is a primary reason why it is also popularly called the potter’s rot and grinder’s asthma. Silicosis occurs if a person inhales crystalline silica and initial symptoms may become visible just within a few days. This is an occupational disease so those working in the aforesaid sector must be extremely careful as this dust is not always visible.
HOW IS SILICOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Miners and foundry workers must use safety gear to prevent silica dust from entering the respiratory tract.