At the March Health and Safety meeting, we discussed the topic of silica in the workplace. Silica is one of the most common elements on earth, but is considered a Group 1 carcinogen in humans. Continued long-term exposure can be dangerous to one’s health, and can lead to the development of silicosis. Some examples of professions that are susceptible to exposure include construction, mining, sandblasting, masonry, and demolition. The use of less-hazardous substances, proper personal protective equipment, workplace maintenance, and mitigative measures can limit exposure to silica.