Safety Precautions

Safety is always a concern with new technology. Silicon carbide is no exception. One potential risk associated with silicon carbide is pulmonary disease. This can happen when there are high concentrations of silicon carbide dust in the air, which can lead to lung disease.

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To prevent this, safety equipment such as respirators should be worn to avoid inhalation of dust from cutting or machining silicon carbide, and filter masks should be used for all other work that could create dust, such as grinding or sanding silicon carbide.

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Safety glasses should also be worn to protect eyes from flying particles. In order to keep a clean working environment, use vacuums and wet towels to clean up small spills right away before they have time to dry. The author recommends using an aspirator vacuum cleaner with an electrostatic collector bag designed specifically for handling dry silicon carbide because these units contain an efficient dust-sealing system that eliminates the need for using potentially dangerous compressed air in confined spaces. In general, it is best not to dispose of material by dumping it into water because pieces may clog drains or get stuck on boat propellers if disposed of at sea.

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Always wear gloves when working around wet materials like paints or solvents, and never eat or drink while handling any chemicals–especially ones you haven’t fully researched yet! If you’re interested in reading more about the risks and precautions of silicones, here’s a list of some great articles we’ve come across. Bauer A et al. 2002. Occupational asthma caused by synthetic polymers (silicone rubber). Thorax 57(8):695-700

Bernerd F et al. 1999. Silicone rubber injection allergy confirmed by skin prick tests, RAST inhibition and patch test reactions–an occupational experience of two women in contact lens manufacturing industries. Contact Dermatitis.