Industries Known to Create Silica Dust

The following industries have a history of generating significant amounts of silica dust in the work environment:

  • Construction
  • Glass manufacturing
  • Pottery products
  • Structural clay products
  • Concrete products
  • Foundries
  • Dental laboratories
  • Paintings and coatings
  • Jewelry production
  • Refractory products
  • Asphalt products
  • Agriculture products removed from below ground (ex., potatoes, sugar beets)
  • ┬áLandscaping
  • Ready-mix concrete
  • Cut stone and stone products
  • Abrasive blasting in:
    • Maritime work
    • Construction
    • General industry
  • Refractory furnace installation and repair
  • Railroads
  • Hydraulic fracturing for gas and oil