Can silica gel beads (which I believe are amorphous) when crushed to dust cause silicosis?

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    $\begingroup$ search the web. Always search the web. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicosis#Silica . However, despite stated inability of amourphous silica to cause silicosis, any form of mineral dust is not healthy for lungs. $\endgroup$
    – permeakra
    Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 7:41

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No, it won't. Silica beads dust may cause irritation to the skin and eyes. Unlike silica crystalline, synthetic amorphous silica gel is indurated, and so does not cause silicosis.


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