Is Silica the Next Asbestos?
July 18, 2018
July 18, 2018
Since 1929, companies have had to deal with lawsuits because of asbestos. Billions of dollars have been awarded to people and over a hundred companies have had to file for bankruptcy.
Asbestos, a natural silicate, was used for years for construction and insulation. When asbestos was installed or cut, fibers would get inhaled by workers and cause chronic lung inflammations, lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Silica is found in nature as quartz, and is one of the main components of the earth’s crust. When building products, such as tile, are grounded silica dust gets emitted into the air. The dust can be very damaging, if not deadly for people who inhale too much of it.
According to OSHA, over 1,000 workers die from silica exposure every year. Silica is a very serious toxin to those exposed to it. Silica exposure can lead to bronchitis, lung cancer, lupus, asthma attacks, and silicosis.
When workers cut in to concrete, tile, bricks, silica dust flies in to the air. This is very harmful for people exposed to it, even the one that sweeps up the debris.
Homeowners that want to tackle do-it-yourself projects should know the risks they are taking cutting in to tile or pavers. Central Florida Dust-Free Tile Removal provides a safe, clean professional way to remove your tile so you won’t have to worry about all the dangers of silica dust.