Exposure to silica dust is very hazardous for your health and It causes silicosis (incurable lung disease resulting in disability and death), lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease. Silica (crystalline silica) is mineral which is used in sand, stone, concrete, mortar used with tile, and other masonry products. When these materials are disturbed or crushed in any manner to where it becomes a dust everyone in the home or building are at high risk of being exposed to silica dust that’s produced. Although this has been an ongoing issue in the construction industry it is only recently that OSHA and other governing bodies have set forth to inform and regulate overall exposure and creation of silica dust. Many different controls are put in place to eliminate exposure such as use of personal protective equipment, containing the areas that removal is occurring, using hepa filtered air scrubbers to clean the air, and using wet methods to reduce or eliminate the creation of silica dust.
As a home owner you’re at great risk of being unnecessarily exposed to silica dust when contractors are in your home removing tile flooring, mortar, and other masonry or concrete materials without protection and proper controls in place. The dust can spread throughout your home and contaminate your belongings which creates an even greater issue of exposure! Contact Quality Aire, LLC for proper removal or to perform the clean up after an improper removal.
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