Who’s At Risk?
At least 1.7 million workers in the U.S. are exposed to silica. Each year, hundreds of workers die from illnesses caused by breathing in silica and thousands more become ill.
Any construction worker who performs one or more of the following tasks with any of the materials listed below is at risk of being exposed to hazardous levels silica dust. If you work close by someone generating silica dust you may be at risk.
|Asphalt (for paving)|
|Fiber Cement products|
|Paints containing silica|
|Roofing tiles & pavers|
|Soil (fill dirt and top soil)|
|Stone (including: granite, limestone, quartzite,sandstone, shale, slate, cultured, etc.)|
|Tile (clay, ceramic, concrete, etc.)|
NOTE: The “Create-A-Plan” section of this website provides options for controlling silica exposures by material and task.
To learn more about who’s at risk…
- Silica Dust Levels, University of Washington
- CALOSHA Hazards of Silica in Construction etool
- OSHA Silica eTool – Determining Silica Exposure
- OSHA, Crystalline Silica Exposures in Construction, by Ellen I. Roznowski
- OSHA Fact Sheet: Crystalline Silica Exposure Health Hazard Information
- CAREX Canada - Workers Exposed to Crystalline Silica