The risk is higher in people who spend time around air that has silica dust in it. Jobs that involve these tasks also raise the risk:
- Wrecking and demolition
- Abrasive blasting
- Concrete finishing
- Drywall finishing
- Rock drilling
- Stone milling or cutting
- Sand and gravel screening
- Rock crushing (for road base)
- Ceramics, clay, pottery
- Vitreous enameling of china plumbing fixtures
- Making soaps and detergents
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