Design of a Low-Cost Full-Face Mask for Stone Carvers
Stone dust inhalation is a common occupational hazard in stone mining and stone carving industry. ‘Silicosis’ is a fatal respiratory ailment caused by traces of silica present in the stone dust. The situation is graver in places like rural Rajasthan, where the stone quarrying is mainly unorganized. Lack of medical awareness and diagnostics adds to the severity of the problem. Dust suppression techniques used in the organized sectors are not applicable here since they are resource intensive and expensive. The existing facemasks are designed for industrial utilization and need frequent replacement, which increases the operating cost for the workers. In this paper, the mask design is relooked with a fresh perspective, keeping in mind the users’ comfort, economic conditions and work environment.
KeywordsProduct development Rural design Face mask Dust control
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