Construction Workers Should Know: Silica - It's not just dust

The Right Respirator For The Job

It is best to control silica dust at the source with water or a vacuum. When that is not possible respirators are the next option.

This online tool can be used before a project begins to plan respirator selection for a specific activity. The choices are based on silica monitoring data from construction sites around the United States. You can download more information on how the respirator choices are made.

To select a respirator choose a tool and an environment:

Please select a tool and an environment and hit Submit button afterward.


**Open – outside, no walls or ceiling
**Enclosed – inside or barrier on several sides (at least some walls/ceiling)
**Confined – in small space such as closet, stairwell, corridor or tunnel