Every year 2 million construction workers are exposed to silica dust.
Are you Safe?
Silica Dust, OSHA Exposure Limits,
Health Risks and Why You Should Care.
A source of information on silica dust, exposure risks, OSHA regulations and compliance and measures to reduce exposure threats, in particular during abrasive blasting applications.
Knowledge is power and, in this case, safety.
The topic of Cyrstalline silica dust and risks related to exposure has been front and center in the industrial sector for some time, especially since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enacted a new regulation which governs worker Permissible Exposure Level (PEL). Understanding exactly what Crystalline silica dust is, where it can be found, the major health risks it presents, and the OSHA standard is extremely important for both the worker and the employer.
What is silica dust?
Silica dust is created when materials containing the mineral silica, such as concrete, granite, rock, soil and sand, are manipulated by blasting, grinding, cutting, drilling or otherwise disturbing. The dust can contain crystalline silica particles that are too small to be seen with the human eye. When these airborne particles are inhaled, even in trace amounts, the worker is at risk of developing silicosis, lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Exposure to higher amounts of silica dust and/or repeated exposure greatly increase the chances of developing serious lung disease. (click here to learn more about the health risks) (also here)
Silica is a mineral sometimes referred to as quartz.
Silica is found in many common materials found on construction and oil & gas job sites.
The dust created by disturbing these materials can contain crystalline silica particles.
When inhaled, silica dust is hazardous and causes lung disease and lung cancer.
Even exposure to very small amounts of airborne silica particles is a major health risk.