I live near a quarry. Am I at risk of getting cancer because of this?

No – living near to a quarry does not put you at any risk of getting cancer.

Independent studies conducted notably in the UK by the government health and safety laboratory, HSL on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirm that quarrying does not have any significant impact on air quality outside the quarry boundary. Furthermore, there is no evidence to suggest any link between quarrying and lung disease among members of the general public who live nearby.

According to HSE…

"No cases of silicosis have been documented among members of the general public indicating that environmental exposures to silica dust are not sufficiently high to cause this occupational lung disease.
The weight of evidence suggests that exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) insufficient to cause silicosis, would be unlikely to lead to an increased risk of lung cancer."

Remember that silica sand isn’t just found in quarries – it's also what makes up the beaches on our coastline. People who live on the sea front don’t get cancer just because they live near the beach.

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