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When is it safe to blast with silica sand?

It's never safe to use silica sand for abrasive blasting


Not even wearing an approved respirator makes it safe to blast with silica sand.


Why isn't silica safe?

Blasting with silica sands, such as beach sand, river sand and other crystalline silica may cause serious injury and could be fatal. Crystalline silica is recognized world-wide as a Class 1 Carcinogen.


The health risks

The silica sand used in abrasive blasting typically fractures into fine particles and becomes airborne. When workers inhale the crystalline silica the lung tissues react by developing fibroptic nodules and scarring around the trapped silica particles. This fibrotic condition of the lung is called silicosis.

People who are exposed to silica dust from other's contaminated clothes are also at risk.

View the types of silicosis


Silica laws

The use of silica sand as a blasting media is banned in many country's around the world. The USA recently enforces the OSHA silica law for construction. To make this easy, BlastOne has developed a simple Conformance Workbook and Checklist to ensure you are in compliance.

View the silica law for construction and FREE compliance checkbook


Alternative approved abrasives - Download your free guide today!

There are many safer approved types of abrasive which can be used for blasting, such as GMA Garnet, Steel Grit, high pressure water, and the list continues. All of which have the specific features and benefits specific to specification.

BlastOne offers a FREE Abrasive Selection Guide to help you choose a suitable abrasive for your blasting project.

Download your free Abrasive Selection guide here

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