The Dangers of Silica for Businesses: As Bad As Asbestos

Asbestos is well-known for its dangers, but did you know that exposure to silica can be just as dangerous, if not more so? This naturally occurring element is often found in sand, rock, and stone, and is often used in construction and other industries, in products such as concrete, bricks, and tiles. Unfortunately, it is also a known carcinogen and can cause both lung cancer and silicosis, an incurable and debilitating lung disease.

At Dust Free LLC, our team is highly skilled at removing commercial tile, flooring, and masonry that may contain this dangerous material. Our dust-free process and high-technology equipment ensure that your tenants, customers, and employees are protected during any construction or demolition. Keep reading to learn more about the dangers of silica and how you, as a business owner, can take the necessary steps to ensure that the risks are minimized.

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What is Silica?

Silica is a mineral composed of crystalline silicon dioxide and is found most commonly in sand or quartz. It is also a hazardous material and is classified as a carcinogen, meaning it can cause cancer in humans who are exposed to it in high concentrations. The danger posed by silica has been likened to that of asbestos, as both substances can cause serious illnesses, including lung cancer.

Silica is used in many industries, such as construction, manufacturing, and engineering. It can be found in concrete, bricks, tiles, and other building materials. When doing any demolition or remodeling work on your building, it is important to be aware of the potential for silica exposure, as this can pose a serious health risk

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The Dangers of Exposure

When workers are exposed to silica dust, they are at risk for a serious lung disease called silicosis. Silicosis is a progressive lung disease that can be disabling, and even deadly. It is caused by the inhalation of silica dust, and symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, and fatigue. Silicosis can lead to other serious health problems, including lung cancer.

There is no safe level of exposure to silica dust, and even short-term exposure can be dangerous. That’s why it’s so important for businesses to take steps to protect their workers from exposure, like hiring the right team for any tile demolition or remodeling where silica materials may have been used.

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Steps Business Owners Can Take

Business owners should be aware of the dangers of silica and take steps to ensure the safety of their workers. This includes providing adequate ventilation to areas where silica dust is present, using protective respiratory gear, and providing safety training to employees who may come into contact with silica. Business owners should also take the time to identify any potential sources of silica in the workplace and take action to reduce the risk of exposure. Additionally, regular testing of air quality should be conducted to ensure that the concentration of silica remains below permissible levels.

At Dust Free, we are well-equipped to help businesses keep their workplace safe and free from silica exposure. Our dust-free process and high-technology equipment ensure that your tenants, customers, and employees are protected during any construction or demolition.

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Our Safe, Effective, Dust-Free Process

If you’re looking for a commercial tile demolition company that can help protect your employees from inhaling harmful dust particles, look no further than Dust Free! Our dust-free removal process and specialized equipment can remove particles down to .3 microns — 5x times smaller than OSHA standards. Plus, we have medical-grade filtration systems with HEPA exhaust filters that can capture particles even smaller than .3 microns for cleanroom and hospital settings. So you can rest assured that your employees will be safe from harmful dust when you choose us for your commercial flooring removal needs. Protect your business from silica dust today! 

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