Keep safe from silica

Gregory A. Cade highlights the dangers of occupational silica dust exposure

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The occupational groups at highest risk for silica exposure are miners and construction workers

Also known as silicon dioxide, silica is a mineral compound that is naturally present in the crust of the earth. It is actually the second most common element on our planet after oxygen, being present in soil, sand and stone.

While the type of silica with the highest prevalence is quartz, it is also found as cristobalite and tridymite. Considering the widespread nature of silica and ...