Many Minnesota families suffer because of silica exposure. Silica is a mineral substance that occurs in dust released during mining and fracking, and even construction. While it has been estimated that tighter regulations controlling silica exposure in the workplace could save nearly 700 lives and more than 1,600 illnesses annually, OSHA (the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has been incredibly slow to take action.
Exposure to silica may occur to workers, especially those working in countertop installations with stone. Workers who are involved in industries in which they install stone countertops may need to make certain they are using good safety protection to avoid inhaling the particles.