Silica is a basic component in sand and rock, and is used in many materials found throughout Simon Fraser University including concrete, ceramics, brick, plaster and more. These materials do not pose a health hazard unless they are disturbed. For general inquiries about hazardous building materials, please contact


If you observe a building material that is deteriorated or damaged, please contact one the following:

  • Facilities Service Desk (778) 782-3582;
  • Environmental Health & Safety: 778-782-6558, 778-782-4978 or 778-782-3011