Silica Dust

Silica is a natural substance found in most rocks, sand and clay and in products such as bricks and concrete. In the workplace these materials create dust when they are cut, sanded, carved etc. Some of this dust may be fine enough to breathe deeply into your lungs and cause harm to your health.

By breathing silica dust, you could develop lung diseases like Silicosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Lung Cancer.

This is a great Youtube video to visually explain: Silica Dust

HSE Publication (INDG463): Control of Exposure to Silica Dust


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