Health Quiz on Silicosis Disease – Multiple choice questions and answers

Health Quiz on Silicosis – Multiple choice questions and answers
Health Quiz on Silicosis danger

Health Quiz on Silicosis Disease – Multiple choice questions and answers

Quiz on Silicosis disease: Silicosis is a form of pneumoconiosis, i.e. progressive lung disease, which worsens even after stopping the exposure, and is characterized by an increase in breathing difficulties, which sometimes result in death.
This silicosis quiz can be used to educate workers so that they understand the risk and ensure control measures. When workers breathe in fine particles of sand (crystalline silica dust), there is potential damage to the lungs and other parts of the airways. This crystalline silica dust is responsible for silicosis.
Silicosis is the deadliest disease because it cannot be cured. During masonry work or sand handling, there is a risk of exposure to crystalline silica dust, respirable silica dust enters the lungs and causes scar tissue to form, thus reducing the lungs' ability to absorb oxygen.
If you want to protect your workers from this deadliest disease, use this quiz as a silicosis awareness tool that contains detailed information on the causes, symptoms, preventative measures, and PPE needed to prevent silicosis.
Quizzes are a great way to validate your learning outcomes and identify your strengths and weaknesses. It also provides the interesting mode to learn things with joy and fun.
This silicosis quiz covers different topics such as the level of exposure to crystalline silica dust, the size of the particles responsible for damaging the lungs, the precautions and PPE to avoid exposure to silica dust, early symptoms and much more information on silica disease. This quiz includes 20 multiple choice questions and answers. Each question has four answer options, you must select the correct one. Flashing green indicates the correct answer, while red is the wrong answer. At the end of the quiz, your total score will appear.
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Here is the list of questions covered in the quiz on silicosis, a lung disease above
1. What is Silicosis?
2. Is silicosis curable?
3. Once the person is diagnosed with silicosis, how do you control further complications?
4. What are the causes for silicosis? 
5. What are the early symptoms of silicosis?
6. Who are at risk for silicosis?
7. What is meant by acute silicosis? 
8. What is meant by chronic silicosis?
9. What is meant by accelerated silicosis?
10. What are the subsequent symptoms of silicosis?
11. How to diagnose silicosis?
12. Is there a risk of causing other diseases due to Silicosis?
13. What other diseases can be caused by chronic silicosis?
14. How to prevent causing silicosis?
15. What are the preventive measure against the causes of silicosis?
16. What are the protective measures against the causes of silicosis? 
17. What is the safety precaution to be taken when using the respirator? 
18. What is the allowable exposure limit for silica dust?
19. How to claim compensation after diagnosed silicosis?
20. Which condition of silicosis is the worst?
To learn more about Silicosis, keep reading the following information which will certainly help you think differently.

What is silicosis?

Silicosis is deadliest lung disease caused by breathing of crystalline fine dust of silica. This disease is not curable but can be preventable. When such fine silica dust inhaled by workers, it gets deposited or trapped in lungs and over time, cause lung inflammation that leads to the formation of lung nodules and scarring in the lung called pulmonary fibrosis.
The situation gets worsens and lung capacity decreases severely that leads to form severe fibrosis also called as progressive massive fibrosis (PMF). This condition of PMF is very dangerous and patient struggling for breathing. Silicosis can also increase the risk of other diseases such as tuberculosis, lung cancer or chronic bronchitis.

Who are at risk of silicosis?

Workers who are engaged in concrete masonry work (building or demolition), foundry work, ceramic manufacturing work,  mining and fracking work and performing cutting, chipping, breaking, tunneling, crushing, drilling, grinding or abrasive blasting of material such as sandstone, rock, bricks are at high risk of causing silicosis.

What are the types of silicosis?

Silicosis is a progressive lung disease and can be categorized according to its severity, level of exposure and period of exposure.
Acute silicosis: It is due to a very high concertation of crystalline silica and occurs within a few weeks or months following exposure.
Chronic silicosis: It is caused by continuous exposure to a low concentration of crystalline silica and occurs after 10 years or more.
Accelerated silicosis: It is caused by continuous exposure to a high level of crystalline silica and occurs after 5 to 10 years of exposure.

What are the symptoms of silicosis?

Preliminary symptoms are a severe cough, phlegm, weakness and difficulty in breathing.
Subsequent symptoms may be chest pain and difficulty breathing, fatigue, weight loss, night sweats, sudden fever, shortness of breath, swollen legs, and blue lips.

How to diagnose silicosis?

Silicosis can be diagnosed by performing medical examination or screening such as chest x-rays or CT scan, Bronchoscopy, Biopsy and Sputum test.

Is there a risk of causing other diseases due to Silicosis?

The patient with chronic silicosis is at high risk of causing other diseases such as Tuberculosis (TB), flu and pneumonia including lung cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic bronchitis, Scleroderma and Tuberculosis.

How to treat Silicosis though it is not curable?

Although silicosis is not curable, it can be controlled with regular meditation, quitting smoking, oxygen therapy, and lung transplantation.

How to prevent causing silicosis?

Since silicosis is not curable, prevention is the best option. The best method to avoid silicosis is to control silica dust and then to control worker exposure.
Silica dust emissions during chipping, drilling, cutting, etc. can be controlled by spraying water. Certain mechanical aids such as industrial vacuum cleaners, the use of blasting chambers, mechanical ventilation, etc. can be used to contain, clean and transport silica dust to a safe place. The filter system can be used to avoid exposure to dust. Personal protective equipment such as a dust mask and other respiratory equipment should be worn to protect against exposure to dust. Another way is to limit the exposure time.
Replace the sandblasting material, shower after work, and maintain basic hygiene to prevent silicosis. Basic training on the dangers of silica dust, risk prevention, protection and control should be provided to all workers. Care should be taken when using personal protective equipment, workers should not have beards to ensure a tight fit of the respirator.

What is the allowable exposure limit for silica dust?

The permissible or allowable exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica is 50 µgm per cubic meter of air.

How to claim compensation after diagnosed silicosis?

If you diagnose silicosis, you can claim compensation in any of the following ways
1. Workers Compensation Act 1979: If you are not currently working in any organization or are self-employed, you can claim lump sum compensation under Pneumoconiosis covered by Workers Compensation Act.
2. Employee Liability Insurance: If you are an employee and have been diagnosed with silicosis, you can claim compensation under employee liability insurance.


Silicosis is the deadliest disease and cannot be cured, therefore prevention is the only option. Knowledge of  the silica dust hazards, the consequences, the control methods including preventive and protective measures and the use of personal protective equipment such as dust mask and respirators can helps worker to prevent the cause.
This silicosis quiz is designed to cover all relevant information about silicosis and can be used as a training aid. It can also be used for training validation to uncover strengths and weaknesses in order to plan additional training programs.


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