Individuals who work in several industries including construction, mining, commercial fishing and healthcare are regularly required to work in environments and carry out work assignments that threatened their safety and health. In some cases, occupational hazards and the related possible consequences are obvious. In other cases, workers may not be able to see or may be unaware of the imminent danger posed by certain chemicals, substances and materials.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration define crystalline silica as "a basic component of soil, sand, granite and many other materials." When these materials are cut, crushed or ground; tiny silica particles are released into the air. For workers who are exposed to and breathe in these particles, the negative health effects are significant and can result in disease, disability and death.