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What is occupational testing?
Most industrial centres require their staff to regularly have chest X-rays to rule out Asbestosis, Silicosis, Pneumoconiosis and other occupational-related diseases.
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a serious lung condition caused by long-term exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a fibre-like, naturally occurring mineral that was once used in buildings for insulation, flooring and roofing.
Who is most at risk for asbestos exposure?
The top five at-risk occupations for asbestos exposure are construction workers, firefighters, industrial workers, power plant workers, and shipyard workers.
What are the symptoms of asbestosis?
Symptoms of asbestosis are: shortness of breath, increased tiredness during physical activity, coughing, and chest pain.
What is silicosis?
Silicosis is a long-term lung disease caused by inhaling large amounts of crystalline silica dust over many years. Crystalline silica, also known as quartz, is a common mineral found in certain types of stone, rock, sand and clay.
Who is most at risk for silica exposure?
Those employed in jobs involving abrasive blasting, foundry work, stonecutting, rock drilling, quarry work and tunnelling are at an increased risk of exposure.
What are the symptoms of silicosis?
The symptoms of silicosis include: shortness of breath after physical activity, dry or severe cough, hoarseness of the throat, fatigue or tiredness, rapid breathing or shallow breathing, loss of appetite, chest pain, fever, and gradual dark shallow rifts in nails eventually leading to cracks.
What is pneumoconiosis?
Pneumoconiosis (commonly referred to as black lung) is caused by inhalation of coal mine dust over time.
Who is most at risk for pneumoconiosis?
Pneumoconiosis is a lung disease that affects miners, builders, and other workers who breathe in certain kinds of dust on the job.
What are the symptoms of pneumoconiosis?
Pneumoconiosis sometimes does not cause any symptoms. When symptoms develop, they can include: a cough (with or without mucus), wheezing, and shortness of breath, especially during exercise. If pneumoconiosis causes severe lung fibrosis, breathing can become extremely difficult and the patient’s lips and fingernails may have a bluish colour.
How much time must our team set aside for occupational testing?
On average, a total of between 80 to 100 x-rays can be taken in an eight-hour day with our mobile x-ray units.