top of page

What is Silica dust? How is it harmful to you?

Updated: Jun 24

Imagine walking into your newly refurbished space, the sparkling epoxy floor glistening beneath your feet—a tribute to both aesthetics and longevity. Epoxy flooring has become a symbol of modern design, changing ordinary areas into interesting ones. But, as you appreciate that flawless surface, do you ever ponder about the hidden dangers lurking just beneath its beauty? This essay exposes a subtle menace that many people may overlook: silica dust. This isn't just a question of appearance; it's also a problem of health and safety.

Close-up image of silica dust particles viewed under a microscope. The fine, crystalline structure of the particles highlights their potential to be inhaled into the lungs.

According to the CDC, Silica dust is made up of small particles that become airborne during various work activities including cutting, drilling, chipping, sanding, or grinding materials that contain crystalline silica. These materials can include sand, concrete, brick, block, stone, and mortar.

Exposure to these materials can sow the seeds to develop silicosis, an irreversible but preventable lung disease, caused by inhalation of respirable silica dust. Exposures to silica dust can also cause other serious diseases, including lung cancer.

Trust in Tru-Grit Garage Flooring for Top-Quality Epoxy Solutions. Choose Tru-Grit as your go-to provider for high-quality epoxy flooring solutions that stand the test of time. Contact our team for more information.

A current issue in the garage flooring epoxy coatings industry is the controlling of silica dust present in the job site, which is something you should always inquire about when using any garage flooring coating system due to its harmful effects.

A good system that Tru-Grit Epoxy Flooring follows is having the proper preparation process using concrete grinders that share plasters to break through that topical surface of that concrete to expose fresh porous concrete underneath. After completing this, our grinder takes in the dust using an OSHA approved filter and lets out clean air after, which ensures that the silica dust exposure does not occur.

Our primary objectives are your safety and satisfaction, and we want to make sure you have the greatest experience possible when selecting an epoxy flooring business. We've seen that some businesses might not always put safety and dust control measures first when working on a project. We strongly advise you to act right away if you work for a business that does not take the necessary measures to guard against exposure to silica dust or other safety risks. Make contact with the business to express your worries and to report any shortcomings you notice.

To understand your rights and obligations, review your contract. Consider reporting the problem to the appropriate regulatory agencies, getting legal counsel, or looking into mediation possibilities if the situation is still not resolved. Please don't be afraid to voice any safety concerns you have while dealing with construction or flooring firms because your health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance.

If you are looking to get your garage floor done, here are the three questions you should ask:

Tru-Grit Garage Flooring: Epoxy Solutions for Residential and Commercial Spaces. Our versatile epoxy flooring options cater to both residential and commercial garage spaces. Contact our team for more information.
  • What precautions do you use to ensure the process prohibits silica dust exposure?

  • Has there been any accidents in the past with your process, and how did you overcome them?

  • If dust exposure were to happen, what would the compensation be?

If the garage epoxy flooring company you are looking into can’t answer these questions, then most likely they are not being transparent with you. Here at Tru-Grit Epoxy Flooring we value transparency, so call us today at (863) 670- 9270.

Related Posts

See All


Rated 0 out of 5 stars.
No ratings yet

Add a rating


Thanks for submitting!

bottom of page