The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) will begin enforcing the new general industry standard for respirable crystalline silica on June 23. How can glass and ceramic manufacturers be certain that they are ready, and what should they do if they aren’t?
Crystalline silica (SiO4) is one of the most common compounds on Earth, making up nearly 12% of its crust. While most people are familiar with its common form, quartz, crystalline silica is a large component of sand, granite and many other types of rock. Silica’s chemical properties and abundance make it highly useful for many industrial applications. It is the main ingredient in glass and is a major component of ceramic tile, cement, brick, and asphalt.