What is Silica?
An inorganic compound formed by combining silicon and oxygen atoms. There are two types – Crystalline & Amorphous. Crystalline is the most hazardous and it is the one we are talking about today. Quartz is the most
common form of Crystalline Silica. It is the second most common mineral on the Earth’s surface. Beach sand is nearly pure quartz!
Why is it Dangerous?
When you make Silica, small and airborne, it can be breathed in. Unfortunately, when you breathe in small particles (the respirable crystalline stuff), it can cause chronic medical issues like:
What are some of the sources of silica dust:
How do we protect ourselves?