The real dangers of silica dust

Published: 19 Apr 2018

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have now classified Crystalline Silica as a Group 1 Carcinogenic. 

Some examples of jobs that  can create dangerous levels of silica dust are:  brick cutting and chasing; angle griding on concrete or masonry; concrete cutting; jack hammering and chiselling of concrete, masonry, sandstone, etc; scabling; ceramic  tile cutting; drilling of concrete or brick structures; hand stoning concrete surfaces; excavation; cleaning up of dust and debris created  by the above activities.

 

Other building and excavation workers in close proximity to these processes for long periods of time are also at risk.  Please read the full Alert for more information.