OSHA has released its final rule occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. These standards will protect more than 2 million workers who are at risk for exposure to respirable crystalline silica in the workplace, but it will also come at a cost to employers. Here’s an ove
Silica dust exposure is a serious threat to workers. When silica dust enters the lungs it scratches the surface of tissue in the respiratory system, leading to scarring that blocks the absorption of oxygen. This causes irreversible damage to lungs that, in the end, can be fatal.
Crystalline silica, a basic component of soil, sand, granite and other rock materials, is commonly used in occupations which perform such tasks as sand blasting, foundry work, cement mixing, stone cutting, rock drilling, quarry work, and tunneling. Silica can be inhaled when workers
What is silicosis?
Silicosis is a disease of the lungs due to breathing dust that contains crystalline silica particles. This dust can cause fibrosis or scar tissue formations in the lungs that reduce the lung’s ability to work to extract oxygen from the air. There is no cure for thi