Crystalline Silica Standards Below Don’t Apply to Blastox®
To better protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica, OSHA has issued two new respirable crystalline silica standards: one for construction, and the other for general industry and maritime. OSHA began enforcing most provisions of the standard for construction on September 23, 2017, and enforced most provisions of the standard for general industry and maritime on June 23, 2018.
Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in the earth’s crust. Materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar contain crystalline silica.
Activities such as abrasive blasting with sand and foundry work can result in worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica dust. About 2.3 million people in the U.S. are exposed to silica at work.
These small crystalline silica particles increase risk of developing serious silica-related diseases, including:
- Silicosis, an incurable lung disease that can lead to disability and death;
- Lung cancer;
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); and
- Kidney disease.
Blastox® Is Non-Hazardous Calcium Silicate NOT Hazardous Silica
*Refer to key sections on our SDS below
* IS SILICATE NOT SILICA
* 100% non-hazardous ingredients
* Calcium Silicate is under the OSHA total mg/m limit
* Contains no components known by IARC, NTP or OSHA to be carcinogenic
Product Description: Blastox® is a granular, complex calcium silicate-based blasting abrasive additive used for lead abatement during sand blasting applications.