Safety Safety Guidance

Guidance on the prevention of Silicosis

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Published in September 2015

  • Silicosis is a potentially fatal lung disease associated with the inhalation of dust that contains silica.
  • Silica is present in concrete and bricks as well as many rocks such as sandstone.
  • Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineers may be exposed to such dusts when working near drilling rigs, in soil and rock laboratories and on construction sites.