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India's stone crushing industry employs over half a million workers

India's stone crushing industry employs over half a million workers, many of whom are women and children.

Occupational Knowledge International (OK International) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health through innovative strategies to reduce exposures to industrial pollutants. We seek to address inequities in environmental standards between developed and developing countries by working in partnership with industry, government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Millions of people around the world are exposed to hazardous materials including lead, mercury, silica and asbestos. Pollution from industrial operations contaminates the environment, causing millions of deaths and rampant disease throughout the world. But the burden of environmental disease is not evenly shared. Exposures to hazardous materials is growing in developing countries in contrast to the trend in the U.S. and Western Europe. Our goal is to bridge the gap between environmental standards in the developed and the developing world.

However, bringing attention to these problems is not enough. OK International also brings the technical resources to measure exposures, find solutions, and clean up the environment in order to protect public health.

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Occupational Knowledge International is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.