Question: how do we determine if sand is silica

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by MegSheehan | April 08, 2021 18:22 | #26169

We are concerned about sanding mining in Southeastern Massachusetts. We want to know if the sand is silica and how to monitor the dust to determine if there is a public health hazard.


It's much more complicated than it seems. It isn't whether something is sand or silica. Because, by definition, they are the same thing. Sand is made of silica.

The question is what form are they in? If they are in a crystalline form, they will cause damage when inhaled. If they are in an amorphous form, a much higher amount can be inhaled with little damage.

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