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Can Silicosis be caused by flint knapping with shale rock?

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Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal

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Practicing since :2012

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Posted on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 in Environmental and Occupational Hazards
Question: Hey, i have been doing "Flint knapping" with a shale rock for about 1 hour to maybe 3 hours. This is my first time doing it. Most of it outside. About 20 or 20 minutes in my Room. I am 21 years old. Am I at a risk for Silicosis
Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
There does not seem to be any risk of silicosis

Detailed Answer:
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In order to develop silicosis, there should be a long history of exposure to silica dust. Since this was your first time XXXXXXX Knapping, there is absolutely no risk of silicosis.
XXXXXXX Knapping for a (longer) prolonged time period (few months-years) can put you at risk for silicosis. You do not need to worry at this point.

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