What is Silicosis?
Silicosis is a lung disease caused by breathing in tiny bits of silica.
Silica is a mineral that is part of sand, rock, and mineral ores such as quartz. It mostly affects workers exposed to silica dust in occupations such mining, glass manufacturing, foundry work and of course those who work with frac sand. Over time, exposure to silica particles causes scarring in the lungs, which can harm your ability to breathe.
“When was your last chest x-ray?”
This is a not a question many people hear at their place of work. But in the world of well stimulation the concern for health issues regarding frac sand dust are real.
Hydraulic Fracturing Sand Contains up to 99% Silica
Hazards of Silica
- Respiratory Issues
- Lung Cancer
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Autoimmune Disease
more than 14,000 workers in the U.S.
have died from silicosis.
(In various industries, not exclusive to the Oilfield industry)