Workers who fabricate engineered stone countertops are now contracting potentially fatal pulmonary silicosis, and the cases are often missed when clinicians don’t know how to recognize the history and implement the correct workup. Dr. Bob Harrison discovered the first case; he’s a clinical professor of medicine at UCSF and an occupational and environmental medicine specialist.

We talk about this outbreak of preventable lung disease in vulnerable workers, recognizing the history and pursuing the correct workup, how we can better prevent this disease in these workers, the unique awesomeness of occupational medicine as a career and way of thinking, the unique legal issues around workplace injuries, other occupational diseases, and much more.