iQ Power Tools, manufacturer of premium power tools with integrated dust collection systems, is pleased to announce the release of a new educational video resource developed in partnership with the American Lung Association to help those in the construction industry understand the dangers of exposure to silica dust and the risk of developing silicosis.
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Paul Guth, president of iQ PowerTools, commented, “Our company teamed up with the American Lung Association to expand our reach and take the message of silica awareness to individual construction workers even further. This video, part of our educational initiative, is a quick and easy resource to help foster better practices in employee safety… especially when it comes to silica dust exposure on the jobsite.”
“The video, featuring a pulmonologist who has treated patients with silicosis, truly highlights the danger of silica exposure,” continued Sarah Hurtado, iQ’s Marketing Manager. “It demonstrates, on actual jobsites, the true level of exposure workers risk every day. We can talk about the dangers of silica all day long but when people actually see it, it makes more of an impact.”
Titled “Understanding Silicosis,” the 2½ minute video includes a variety of related topics such as risk factors, causes, prevention, symptoms and treatments.
“This is just the beginning of our strategic partnership with the Lung Association and we have plans to team up with additional, leading construction industry associations to continue this awareness campaign,” continued Guth. “Together, we can help minimize lung disease caused by silica dust and by doing so, raise the quality of life for individual construction workers.”
“About 2 million U.S. workers may be exposed to occupational silica; a dust that is part sand, rock and mineral ores such as quartz,” said Jamie Garfield, M.D., pulmonologist and volunteer medical spokesperson for the American Lung Association. “Over time, exposure to silica particles causes scarring in the lungs, harming one’s ability to breathe. The good news is that this disease is completely preventable.”
Hurtado concluded, “The creation of the new video, and our Lung Association partnership, represents a major step in amplifying our educational initiative… developing, delivering and promoting tools and resources that actively engage workers in lung disease prevention and disease management.”
For more information, please contact Sarah Hurtado, Marketing Communications Manager | Sarah.Hurtado@iqpowertools.com
PO Box 7449, Moreno Valley CA | Phone 888-274-7744 | Fax 888.428.4485 | www.iQPowerTools.comAbout iQ Power Tools
iQ Power Tools manufactures a comprehensive range of premium power tools with integrated dust collection systems for the concrete, masonry, hardscape and tile sectors. The company was founded by third-generation masons Joel and Paul Guth, who have logged over 30 years each in the masonry industry. Decades of experience taught them about dust problems; their company started out creating tools to solve their own problems only to realize these same issues affected all contractors… mess, money and a threat to the health and safety of the industry. iQ Power Tools envisions a future where their innovation helps create a 100% dust-free environment: jobsites are safer, work practices are healthier... and, the construction industry becomes even more sustainable.