Lab Safety Awareness Week 2023

Help raise awareness of safe lab practices!

Lab Safety Awareness Week is an event held at academic institutions nation-wide February 13-17. This event is dedicated to recognizing the successes of laboratory safety programs and offering ideas on how to keep faculty, staff and students safe.Lab Safety Awareness Week Challenge Card 2023

Crystalline Silica

Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in the earth's crust. Materials like sand, stone, concrete and mortar contain crystalline silica. It is also used to make products such as glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks and artificial stone.

Respirable crystalline silica – very small dust particles at least 100 times smaller than ordinary sand you might find on beaches and playgrounds – is created when cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling, and crushing stone, rock, concrete, brick, block and mortar.