Silica Safety

Crystalline silica is a mineral commonly used in many building products. When workers, disturb the substrate containing silica, it may become respirable causing illness or disease generally after years of repeated exposure.

The Occupational and Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has set forth regulations to keep employees and bystanders safe during construction and renovation activities.    

SUNY Geneseo's Silica Exposure Control Plan 

For more information on respirable crystalline silica safety, see OSHA fact sheet (2 pgs) 

For more comprehensive information, see the silica construction standard