Crystalline silica is a common material found in raw form from soil, sand, stone, mortar and concrete, and is useful in the creation of bricks, glass, ceramics, pottery and other products.
On worksites that involve cutting, sawing, drilling and crushing, silica becomes fine airborne dust, which impairs workers' safety. Respirable, or breathable, crystalline silica is 100 times smaller than a grain of sand and can easily enter the lungs of employees. Nearly 2.3 million American workers are exposed to dangerous respirable crystalline silica dust every day.
To protect workers from occupational crystalline silica, OSHA recently created two Respirable Crystalline Silica (Construction and General Industry and Maritime) standards designed to reduced workers’ exposure to silica dust.
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