Silica pack taster

Research suggests that in Britain nearly 800 people die a year from lung cancer caused by breathing in silica dust at work. In the European Union, around 7,000 cases of lung cancer are caused by this carcinogen annually. Worldwide, it’s estimated that millions of employees are exposed to silica dust.

Silica dust is created when the ‘crystalline silica’ in materials such as stone, mortar or tiles is broken down and released. It happens when you drill, saw, cut, grind or sand the products – or work on them in any way that disturbs the natural silica content.

Through No Time to Lose, a new cross-industry commitment to tackle silica dust in the workplace has been agreed. Industry leaders, academics and safety and health experts have committed to a 12-month drive to tackle the issue – read their commitment here 

Use our free resources to find out more about silica dust, and how to control it. Here’s a taster of what’s in store when you register for our resource library.

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Fast facts
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Pocket card (A4)
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Poster

It only takes a few seconds to register. Then you’ll have access to factsheets, posters, leaflets, online quiz, case studies and more – everything you need to engage and inform the workforce on this important topic.

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