Sierra Dust Control, LLC is located and headquartered out of the same facility and management as Sierra Frac Sand, LLC. In 2012, Sierra Frac Sand began trying and testing different methods of controlling dust generated during hydraulic fracturing operations. Sierra Dust Control, LLC was officially formed in October 2013. Improvements are continually being made for quality, efficiency, and to be operator friendly. We have been granted 4 patents with others pending including in Canada.
Silicosis is caused by inhaling tiny pieces of silica dust over time. Silica is a mineral that is part of sand, rock, and other minerals like Quartz, and has been classified as a human lung carcinogen (cancer-causing agent). Those particles can cause fluid buildup and scar tissue in the lungs. Over long periods of time, lung capacity can begin to decrease and can make breathing very difficult and can lead to respiratory failure.
Focus of work is aimed at areas identified by NIOSH as potential source(s) of silica exposure: