Perlite safety?

Will Warren biobarge at
Mon Sep 23 08:04:07 EST 1996

In article
<Pine.OSF.3.91.960923162358.17008B-100000 at eduserv.its.unimelb.EDU.AU>,
Mike <s_mka1 at eduserv.its.unimelb.EDU.AU> wrote:

> I use a perlite/vermiculite/sand mix for potting up plants for research.
> When pouring perlite, a lot of dust is generated, despite hosing to 
> reduce this.  One supplier I recently spoke to mentioned something about 
> perlite dust being as bad as asbestos, however I've been unable to find 
> any reference to this in Medline or anywhere else I've looked.  There are 
> certainly no warnings on the bags of the stuff.
> Has anyone else heard of a dust inhalation danger with perlite?
> References would be good too.
> Thanks. 

Please post any responses, as I am interested as well...


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