Environmental impact



Now we are going to discuss the problems related to the types of abrasives (click here for information on our aabrasives), to the dust generated by sandblasting, and the solutions to adopt in order to eliminate, reduce, or clean this dust.

First of all, it should be said that in cases where it is not possible to use one of the systems we will discuss if dry sanding, the choice of abrasive is fundamentally important.  
Today the most used and naturally, least costly, is silica sand.  Unfortunately, this type of abrasive generates dust which contains silica, detrimental to human health as it can lead to silicosis.  In this case, the most affected are the people who remain around the areas where sandblasting operations are carried out, as they are not wearing the appropriate protective gear that the user is wearing. 
As an alternative to silica sand, there are throwaway abrasives that can be used. They are more expensive, but do not contain silicone like quartz, for example, steel shot, and in some particular cases, sodium bicarbonate.  With the use of these latter abrasives, we'll have if nothing else, less dangerous dust mixtures.