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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a study which outlines concerns for the safety and health of those employed by oil and gas drilling companies who may be at risk for silicosis. Silicosis is a form of respiratory (lung) disease that results from inhaling silica dust. The microscopic fibers build up in the lung tissue, causing severe inflammation and scarring, thereby reducing the lungs' capacity to take in oxygen. Like similar toxic exposure diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, silicosis often takes many years to develop into fatal respiratory symptoms. Chronic silicosis initially causes no symptoms, but symptoms may surface as long as fifteen to twenty years after silica dust exposure.