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What kind of mask do you use to prevent silicosis?

They don't sell them at home depot thats for sure?

How much are masks rated for air borne silica particles and who sells them?

Do you know someone who has silicosis ?

How long were they in masonry before they were diagnosed ?

I know that we can get fined for cutting with out a mask, why can't architects get fined for carelessly designing structures that create excessive unnecessary cuts that could be avoided with a little less golf and little more thought into his or her project. I realize that zero cuts is unrealistic but glass block architects have to figure out how to draw a job with zero cuts because you can't cut glass block.

It seems to me that fining a mason company for working in dust is like fining a fire dept. for working in the smoke and fire. So in a way I consider lazy architects are synonymous with unvoluntary arsonists.
 

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what about higher end respirators or a fully enclosed unit with a face shield
i find them better than the generic $6 3M masks
 

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Silica in Masonry Products

Many masonry products, such as CMU block as well as pre-mixed mortars contain silica, which is damaging to your health. The mason tender as well as the mason would be wise not only to wet cut, as this greatly reduces airborne particles, but to wear dust masks to nullify the effect of silica entering your lungs.


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