Expert Silica Physical Exams in the Twin Cities

Protect your employees from the hazards of respirable silica with routine medical surveillance and silica physical exams from My Medical Clinic.

Silica exposure poses a threat to more than 2 millions workers in the U.S. The inhalation of crystalline silica particles can lead to serious, even fatal, illnesses, such as lung cancer and silicosis. As an employer, it’s critical you take steps to safeguard the health of any employee exposed to silica while working.

At My Medical Clinic, we understand the complexities of OSHA respirable crystalline silica standards and can provide routine health screening and surveillance to monitor employees’ silica exposure.

Comprehensive Silica Physical Exams, right at your worksite.

Our providers are specially-trained to identify and respond to respirable crystalline silica-related diseases and symptoms. We travel to your workplace for your employees’ convenience.

The Silica Physical Exam consist of:

  • Medical and Occupational History Review 
  • Physical Examination - A physical examination of the employee focusing on the respiratory system
  • Chest X-Ray with B Reader - A chest X-ray with interpretation by a certified B-reader
  • Pulmonary Function & Spirometry Test
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Test- A test performed to check for latent tuberculosis infection
  • Any other suitable tests that are recommended by the physician.

Understanding crystalline silica exposure

Crystalline silica is a naturally occurring mineral found in materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar. It is also used to make products such as glass, ceramics, bricks, and artificial stone.

Cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling, or crushing any of these materials will release dangerous and respirable silica dust into the air. Silica dust particles are 100 times smaller than the sand you see on the beach, and extremely hazardous to human health when inhaled.

Inhaling crystalline silica particles can lead to a host of serious, and sometimes fatal, illnesses, including:

  • Lung cancer 
  • Silicosis and subsequently, tuberculosis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Renal disease
  • Other cancers

Training, exposure monitoring, and health screening and surveillance programs are an important aspect of protection against silica exposures and health hazards.

To learn more about our Silica Testing services, get in touch with My Medical Clinic at 651.340.1445 in Maplewood and 651.398.8274 in Plymouth. For your convenience, you can use our online Request an Appointment form to arrange your one-on-one consultation. Our silica testing patients come to us from Maplewood, Plymouth, White Bear Lake, Roseville, Vadnais Heights, North St. Paul, Hugo, Woodbury, Oakdale, Little Canada, St. Paul, South St. Paul, Stillwater, Lino Lakes, Forest Lake, New Brighton, Shoreview, North Oaks, Lake Elmo, Gem Lake, Arden Hills, Mahtomedi, Inver Grove Heights, Minneapolis, West St. Paul, and nearby Twin Cities areas.

Our new location in Plymouth serves residents of Plymouth, Maple Grove, Wayzata, Brooklyn Park, St Louis Park, Golden Valley, New Hope, Coon Rapids, Elk River, Minnetonka, Rogers, and surrounding communities.