The National Guidance for doctors assessing workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica dust (with specific reference to the occupational respiratory diseases associated with engineered stone) has been developed to help general practitioners identify and assess people at risk of silicosis caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust. The recent re-emergence of silicosis is linked to the increasing popularity of engineered stone products, and the processes for cutting, grinding, and polishing this material.
Information for GPs
The National Guidance covers the most critical components and strategies to support medical practitioners to identify and assess people at risk of silicosis, and to work closely with their patients to improve health outcomes.
The National Guidance has been developed by medical experts from across a range of relevant fields covering respiratory and thoracic medicine, radiology, environmental and occupational medicine, and work health and safety. It contains the latest research and the best available evidence to help you make informed assessments of at-risk workers.
The National Guidance interfaces with, and complements, other existing medical guidelines issued by clinical bodies.
The National Guidance documents
- The National Guidance – PDF 3259 KB
- The National Guidance – Word 3358 KB
- The National Guidance Practice Guide – PDF 2551 KB
- The National Guidance Practice Guide – Word 2730 KB
- The National Guidance Summary – PDF 420 KB
- The National Guidance Summary – Word 416 KB
If you have any queries or would like to find out more about the National Guidance, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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