A new online resource from the Center for Construction Research and Training
provides information and tools to help identify silica hazards, understand the
health risk, and easily find equipment and methods to control the dust. The
site also features a "Create a Plan tool that generates job-specific silica
control plans based on user responses to a series of questions about the tasks
that will be performed and the materials that will be used. The new resource is
available at www.silica-safe.org.
Common workplace operations involving cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing
of concrete, brick, block, rock, and stone products (such as in construction
operations), and operations using sand products (such as in glass
manufacturing, foundries, and sand blasting), can result in worker inhalation
of small silica particles in the air. Inhalation of these particles has long
been known to cause silicosis, a disabling and sometimes fatal lung disease.
AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration