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Crystalline silica

What is crystalline silica?

Respirable crystalline silica (RCS) can be found in different crystallographic forms, the most common of which are quartz, tridymite and cristobalite. It is the respirable fraction of the powder (the finest) that poses a problem due to its adverse effects on health. In fact, these small particles can deeply penetrate respiratory equipment.

This is the reason that maximum exposure limits to RCS have been set in every European country. In Belgium, RCS contents are limited to:

CRIC-OCCN: experts in crystalline silica

Would you like to know the standards relating to crystalline silica?

=> Call the CRIC-OCCN Standards service !

Would you like to know the different forms crystalline silica can be found in? Would you like further information on the consequences of exposure to respirable dusts or to thecrystalline silica content in these dusts?

=> Call the CRIC-OCCN Research service !

Would you like to analyse the crystalline silica content in the air or in a specific material? Would you like to test or have tests conducted?

=> Call the CRIC-OCCN Testing service !

Would you like to certify, audit or have the equipment you use for making your materials checked?

=> Consult BE-CERT !

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