Balochistan OHS Initiative (Human Rights Case No.16143-P/2014)

In July 2014, Supreme court took suo moto action regarding the silicosis diseases in the stone crushers, labours and miners. It is an initiative to bound federal and provincial government to address the increase number of cases and provide facilities to combat not just silicosis but all occupation hazards and diseases. Different awareness campaigns and action plans have been developed over time to combat the silicosis disease..

Silicosis is a lung disease caused by breathing in tiny bits of silica, a mineral that is part of sand, rock, and mineral ores such as quartz. It mostly affects workers exposed to silica dust in occupations such mining, glass manufacturing, and foundry work. Over time, exposure to silica particles causes scarring in the lungs, which can harm your ability to breathe.