The first report I wrote about dental technicians was in 1994 when beryllosis was seen in dental technicians from the 1 or 2 % of Be in gold crown alloys.
Then an article in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the CDC in 2004 mentioned dental technicans getting silicosis cases in surveys from1994-2000. The actual report included the cases of three dental laboratory technicians. The report has 5 references that relate specifically to this problem to back you up..
I use the problem with dental technicians to explain to jewelers that just becuase the work you do is on small items, you are safe. These people's noses end up right in near the work.
If you simply google "Silicosis in Dental Technicians" you will score a bunch of other stuff including good training materials that are free. This is a recognized occupational problem now.
In a message dated 9/20/2010 7:10:47 PM Eastern Daylight Time, stefan.w**At_Symbol_Here**UCONN.EDU writes:
From the UConn Dental School
=E2=80=9C Our Dental School is seeking information from others schools where dental molds/ impressions are made. Has anyone sampled for silica? Material in use here may contain substantial amount of silica.=E2=80=9D
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Patti Wawzyniecki, MS
Industrial Hygienist, Office of Research Safety
University of Connecticut Health Center
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