Silica Warning Jordan Taylor March 15, 2023

Cutting and Manipulating Stone

All precautions should be taken when working with natural stone, regardless of the amount of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) content.

  1. Use tools with continuous water feed when cutting or manipulating stone to minimise dust.
  2. Wear a respiratory particle filter dust mask that complies with AS/NZS 1715 and 1716 standards.
  3. Minimize dust at the source by using local exhaust ventilation, on-tool extraction, and water suppression.
  4. Stop dust from spreading by cleaning up regularly with a suitable vacuum cleaner and wet mopping, and dispose of wet waste before it dries.
  5. Change clothes to avoid taking home RCS, as this will prolong your exposure and risk exposing your family.
  6. Be trained on safe work practices and follow safety guidelines when working with natural stone.

Silica Dust Warning

Silica is silicon dioxide, a naturally occurring and widely abundant mineral that forms the major component of most rocks and soils. There are non-crystalline and crystalline forms of silicon dioxide. The most common type of crystalline silica is quartz (CAS 14808-60-7).

Different types of rock and rock products can contain different amounts of silica, for example:

TypeAmount of silica (%)
Slate25 to 40
Granite20 to 45 (typically 30)
Natural sandstone70 to 95
Engineered stoneUp to 97
Aggregates, mortar and concretevarious

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