What is crystalline silica?

Crystalline silica is a mineral found in almost every type of rock – and in fact it is the second most common mineral on the planet.

Why is crystalline silica important?

Products containing silica have been used for thousands of years to build and make things – and it is a key ingredient in many products we use every day.

Respirable crystalline silica at work

When products containing crystalline silica are used in industrial workplaces, a very fine dust can be produced. This dust (RCS) can pose a risk to workers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to all your questions about crystalline silica, respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and what is being done to protect workers’ health