- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal labor officials say they’re launching a partnership with several Georgia organizations to try preventing construction workers from being exposed to a potentially harmful material.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, Georgia Tech officials and several other organizations signed an agreement Tuesday to provide construction industry employers with information and training to reduce workers’ exposure to crystalline silica dust.

Labor officials say the dust particles can be inhaled and are known to cause non-reversible and sometimes fatal lung diseases.

Labor officials say workers are typically exposed to the dust during cutting, sawing, drilling and crushing of concrete, brick, rock and stone products. Officials say processes associated with mining, tunneling, demolition and several other types of work are typically linked to silica exposure.

Online: www.osha.gov/silica