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How to control silica dust in the workplace

As a leading stone supplier in New Zealand, we are committed to the safety of our fabricators, clients and customers. We promote and endorse safe working environments for all employees that are compliant with all laws. We also place utmost importance on ensuring our installed products are safe and unhazardous for all consumers and the public.

Silica Dust in the workplace

Earlier in the year some of our team attended a training session to discuss safe practices and how to control silica dust in the workplace. Controlling silica dust is an important part of workplace health and safety for workers working with engineered stone. Exposure to silica dust can have long term health complications and can cause Silicosis (a permanent lung disease) or cancer.

Exposure to silica dust can be prevented by correct PPE, dust control, and personal hygiene.

Protective Equipment Provide and use PPE. This includes using overall and sealed respirators. Ensure dirty and dusty clothes are cleaned and kept in you work place.

Dust Control Install equipment such as dust extraction units and on-tool dust extractors. Also control dust by wetting work areas regularly

Personal Hygiene Wash hands before eating, drinking or smoking. Wash up before leaving work at the end of the day

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Surfaces in the home

Our surfaces are completely safe for domestic use and pose no threat to the end user when installed and fabricated correctly.

Once engineered stone benchtops or surfaces have been polished and installed, they pose no threat to the consumer.

The fabricator should be careful to prevent dust from entering the domestic location, and once installed complete a careful vacuum of the surface and surroundings.

If you have concerns about exposure to silica dust, talk to your business/employer, Health and Safety representative, or other representatives. Read more on the WorkSafe website.