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BREATHING in too much respirable crystalline silica too often can damage your lungs, Western Australia’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has warned miners.

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Overexposure to respirable crystalline silica can cause silicosis, a progressive fibrotic disease of the lungs that leads to chronic shortness of breath and lung tissue scarring.

Contained in the fine respirable dusts created by the crushing and handling of ores with high quartz content, overexposure to respirable crystalline silica can cause silicosis, a progressive fibrotic