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Statement Regarding Silicosis

Written by Pacific Stone on May 8th, 2023.      0 comments

You may be aware of recent media coverage regarding the health and safety risks associated with Silica. Silica is a naturally occurring mineral that is widely used in the manufacturing of various products, including engineered stone countertops. Despite its common use, Silica can pose a severe health risk to workers exposed to its dust during manufacturing. The dust generated during the manufacturing process can cause Silicosis, a lung disease that can lead to disability and even death. Therefore, it is crucial to take measures to prevent exposure to Silica dust and ensure worker safety.

Here at Pacific Stone, we recognize the potential hazards associated with Silica dust and are committed to promoting awareness and safety in our workplace. We understand that the hazard arises during the manufacturing process, when dust is generated while working with the material. To prevent exposure to Silica dust, we take several steps, including providing personal protective equipment (PPE), using wet cutting methods, and implementing regular cleaning and maintenance procedures. These measures are essential to minimize the risk of Silicosis and ensure the safety of our workers.

Furthermore, we comply with mandatory regulations and undergo regular audits by Work Safe to ensure the safety of our staff. We also meet the NZ Engineered Stone Advisory Group (ESAG) Standards through independent auditing, demonstrating our commitment to maintaining a safe working environment. By complying with these regulations and standards, we can ensure that our workers are protected from the potential hazards associated with Silica dust.

At Pacific Stone, we prioritize the health and safety of our staff. By working together, we can prevent potential health risks associated with Silica and ensure the safety of our workers. Overall, Pacific Stone is committed to promoting awareness and safety regarding Silica. The company's efforts to minimize the risk of exposure to Silica dust are crucial to ensuring a safe working environment.

It is important to note that when engineered stone has been installed in people's homes, it does not pose a health and safety risk.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the potential risks associated with Silica, please do not hesitate to speak with our sales management team