News Article month of November 2016

From the desk of Steve Kantoniemi: Recently, I was able to attend the International Union BAC class on “SILICOSIS.”  What I know about silicosis is that it will KILL YOU! It will lead to “Tuberculosis.” Silicosis: is lung fibrosis caused by the inhalation of dust containing silica. Tuberculosis: is an infectious bacterial disease characterized by the growth of nodules (tubercles) in the tissues, especially the lungs. Silicosis is an Occupational Disease that is preventable simply by wearing the proper Safety Equipment.  However; for the last 35 years and even now, I am still seeing members creating dust and breathing in silica dust without the proper safety equipment.  I let them know of the hazards that silica is causing them and others around them. Our apprenticeship instructors at Masonry Development Center continue to educate our apprentices on the hazards associated with silica. All our members should be implementing the most effective methods to reduce silica dust and using proper personal protective equipment. Here is some good information about how long BAC has been fighting silicosis, and how it came about. Please see a list of websites below if you are interested in learning more about silicosis. Silica Safe Website: http://www.silica-safe.org/whats-new/in-the-news OSHA, “Silicosis.”  https://www.osha.gov/Publications/silicosis.html BAC YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdIkXj6pgDxcYgGPsSIX4Kw Work Safe, Work Smart. Labor’s Long Struggle for a Safer Silica Standard             The worst industrial disaster in Unite States history occurred at...

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