Sara Jackson is an occupational hygienist (that I met while studying at UOW). She is also a avid horse rider and recently completed a study that investigated the health hazards of horse arena dust, specifically in regards to a cancer causing substance known as respirable crystalline silica.
Sara recruited volunteers via social media earlier in the year, and now her results are up for all to see (thank you Sara!).
Basically her study demonstrated that horse riding instructors teaching students in a non-irrigated, sand based horse riding arena are very likely to be exposed to respirable crystalline silica levels above the occupational exposure standard. On a scale of low to critical, the relative health risk associated with teaching full time in a non-irrigated sand arena was determined to be critical.
Sara also went to the trouble of listing out things that you can do to reduce your exposure to this carcinogen, and answering some common questions. Want to know more? Click Here.