Are any health effects by aerogel dust?

Handling of aerogel blankets will produce dust. Is absolutely normal. Aerogel dust exposure can produce the following minor effects:

· a sensation of dryness to skin
· irritation to eyes, skin, respiratory tract

These effects are not unique to aerogels, but are inbred with the handling of a host of dusty materials. When inhaled in sufficient amounts, any dust or particulate will cause respiratory effects. Excessive exposure to any type of dust can cause skin or mucous membrane irritation by chemical or mechanical action or rigorous skin cleaning.