Where can workers be exposed to crystalline silica?
Construction work, brick and tile manufacturing, foundry work, mining, quarrying, tunnelling and stonemasonry are all industries that can have significant crystalline silica exposure risk when working with rock, stone, ceramics, bricks etc.
Crystalline silica is also used in abrasives, adhesives, paints and glass and refractory brick furnace linings. Tasks such as dry cutting of bricks, masonry, concrete or tiles, mortar removal, chipping etc done with a powered tool can require use of some level of respiratory protection.
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