Originally Posted by Timbaland
Wearing those white masks taht cover the nose and mouth don't protect against the silicosis? Anyways, the large majority of people on here wear raw denim so we aren't contributing to this problem. I won't buy any sandblasted jeans.
I'm no sandblasting expert but I wouldn't think so. Those cheap masks don't really protect the wearer from much in an sandblasting environment. Fine particles, including germs, can get through them in a highly contaminated area. You'd want a properly fitted charcoal filter mask at minimum and if you want to be really safe, a respirator.
I'm not sure how the conditions are in China, but normally items are sandblasted in an enclosed container. Still, at some point that container has to be opened and I wouldn't want to be the person to be doing that all year long.