At least 1.7 million U.S. workers a year are exposed to respirable crystalline silica. It is used in a variety of industries and occupations, including construction, sandblasting, and mining. Silica can be found in abrasives, concrete, filter aids, masonry materials, mineral products, paints, pavement, perlite, plant materials, and soil. Workers who are producing dust from crystalline silica containing materials are most affected. After years of indecision on the dangers of Silica, OSHA is finally taking action to protect these 1.7 million workers. Read more on UCOMM Blog.