Silica Danger: What you need to know
Crystalline silica is a basic component of concrete, cement, brick and mortar, granite and other stone materials, sand products containing quartz, and some soils. Any of these materials will release silica dust into the air when subject to actions like grinding, sawing, drilling, chipping, or crushing. Workers can breathe in harmful amounts of silica dust over time and eventually develop a disabling lung disease such as silicosis or lung cancer when effective dust control measures aren’t used. Join us to learn more about the hazards and requirements of silica.