Publication

Occupational exposures in an equestrian centre to respirable dust and respirable crystalline silica

Bulfin, Kathleen
Cowie, Hilary
Galea, Karen S.
Connolly, Alison
Coggins, Marie Ann
Citation
Bulfin, Kathleen, Cowie, Hilary, Galea, Karen S., Connolly, Alison, & Coggins, Marie A. . (2019). Occupational exposures in an equestrian centre to respirable dust and respirable crystalline silica. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(17). doi: 10.3390/ijerph16173226
Abstract
Abstract: Sand-based products are regularly used as footing material on indoor equestrian arenas, creating a potential occupational exposure risk for respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for equestrian workers training and exercising horses in these environments. The objective of this study was to evaluate an equestrian worker s personal RCS and respirable dust (RD) exposure. Sixteen personal full-shift RD measurements were collected from an equestrian worker and analysed for RD, quartz and cristobalite. Geometric mean exposures of 0.12 mg m−3 and 0.02 mg m−3 were calculated for RD and RCS concentrations, respectively. RCS exposures of between 0.01 to 0.09 mg m−3 were measured on days when the indoor arena surface was not watered, compared to lower exposures (
Publisher
MDPI
Publisher DOI
10.3390/ijerph16173226
Rights
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland