Know the Hazard

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.

Task
Abrasive blasting   
Bushhammering
Cutting/sawing
Demolishing/disturbing      
Drilling
Earthmoving
Grinding
Jackhammering
Milling
Mixing
Polishing
Roofing
Sacking/patching
Sanding 
Scabbling
Scarifying
Scraping
Sweeping/cleaning up
 
 
 
 
Construction Material
Asphalt (for paving)
Brick
Cement
Concrete
Concrete Block
Drywall
Fiber Cement products
Grout
Gunite/Shotcrete
Mortar
Paints containing silica
Plaster
Refractory Mortar/Castables
Refractory Units
Rock
Roofing tiles & pavers
Sand
Soil (fill dirt and top soil)
Stone (including: granite, limestone, quartzite,sandstone, shale, slate, cultured, etc.)
Stucco/EIFS
Terrazzo
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…