Silica - Department for Energy and Mining
OTHER SAND USES Railroads use large amounts of sand to improve traction on wet or slippery rails. Sand is used in sandblasting. The floors of some large open hearth furnaces are line with silica sand. Sand is an excellent filter for removing sediment and bacteria from water. One area of increased use of sand is in fiberglass manufacturing.Silica, often referred to as quartz, is a very common mineral. It is found in many materials common on construction and oil & gas sites, including soil, sand, concrete, masonry, rock, granite, and landscaping materials. The dust created by cutting, grinding, drilling or otherwise disturbing these materials can contain crystalline silica particles.