Silica Testing Services

Silica Physical Exam

Crystalline silica is a mineral found in the earth's crust. Millions of construction and mining workers in the U.S. get exposed to silica. As per the CDC Occupations involving chipping, cutting, drilling, or grinding soil, granite, slate, sandstone, or other natural materials can cause exposure to silica dust. Exposure to silica dust and silica particles can lead to the development of Silicosis, an irreversible disease1,2.  Learn more about Silicosis at the American Lung Association website. Watch a short video at the American Lung Association website to learn what is silicosis, how it is caused, its effects, and what steps you can take to prevent it.

New silica rules for the construction industry started to be enforced by OSHA starting in 2017. The permissible exposure limit for silica on a work site was substantially reduced to about one fifths of the previous limit.

Employers for workers exposed to respirable (airborne) silica must take precautions to lower exposure levels, update equipment, and implement exposure control plans. By implementing safety measures in the workplace and performing routine testing, employers can take the necessary preventative steps to ensure the health and safety of their employees.

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.

My Medical Clinic can deliver Silica Testing Services at your work location in order to help save time for your employees.

Sources:

1 “Learn About Silicosis” American Lung Association, 23 March 2020, https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/silicosis/learn-about-silicosis. Accessed 20 Sept. 2020.

2 “Preventing Silicosis and Deaths in Construction Workers” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 6 June 2014, https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/96-112/. Accessed 20 Sept. 2020.

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.