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Know the potential hazards associated with crystalline silica in your products

Working with products containing crystalline silica can pose a hazard for lung disease, cancer, and kidney disease. Recent news articles have reported on illness and deaths among workers installing artificial stone kitchen countertops.


Crystalline silica can be found in stone, sand, concrete, and brick. The health hazard depends on many factors including:

  • The amount of crystalline silica in the product

  • The amount of dust generated

  • Work practices, such as using wet cutting methods to suppress dust


The legal limits for silica exposure have recently been lowered, making the requirements for worker protection more stringent. Are your workers protected? Set up a consultation with our experts.


Insight can help you to evaluate your products for silica exposure potential. We specialize in quantitative exposure analysis under a variety of conditions to help you understand the exposures that may be encountered during the typical use of your products, and how these exposures compare to established safety and health limits.


You can also visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website to learn more about the potential hazards associated with crystalline silica.

https://www.osha.gov/dsg/topics/silicacrystalline/


January 27, 2020

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