Exposure to Silica Dust at work

You may be exposed to silica dust if your work involves:
  • mineral ore-treating processes
  • road construction
  • bricklaying
  • sand blasting or casting
  • breaking, crushing, grinding, drilling or milling material containing silica dust such as concrete
  • paving, surfacing or cement finishing
  • demolition work
  • stonemasonery
  • manufacture of glass, ceramics, brick, concrete, tile, metals or machinery.


Inhalation of silica dust is a hazard when jack hammering and drilling concrete
Inhalation of silica dust is a hazard when cutting concrete

What is silica dust?

Silica dust (crystalline silica) is found in some stone, rock, sand, gravel and clay. The most common form is quartz. Silica dust can also be found in the following products:

  • concrete
  • bricks
  • tiles
  • some plastic material.

When these materials are worked on, silica is released as a fine dust known as respirable crystalline silica or silica dust.
P2 Mask PPE/ RPE
Hazard controls for minimising the risk of Inhalation of Silica Dust may include:

  • Wear a dust mask
  • DO NOT "clean up" with compressed air or by dry sweeping. Dust should be removed using an industrial HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter vacuum, which should be cleaned and maintained regularly.
  • Water should be used through non-electric tools to wet dust down at the point of dust generation
  • Use On-tool extraction that fits directly onto the hand-held machine
  • Vacuum  while drilling
  • Wear disposable clothing at work.
  • Before you leave work, shower and change into clean clothes
  • Do not take your dusty clothes home to wash
  • Use Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) and ensure workers fit tested and trained in their use and maintenance

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