There has been a significant increase in awareness surrounding silicosis to those working with engineered stone in construction both in NZ and internationally. Silicosis and Accelerated silicosis results from the inhalation of very high concentrations of silica dust such as with engineered stone which is approximately 90% silica, much higher than natural stones.
Accelerated silicosis develops in a pattern similar to that of simple silicosis, except the time from initial exposure to the onset of disease is shorter and the progression to complicated silicosis is more rapid.
Ensure that you, as the PCBU have performed exposure monitoring within your company . Dowdell and Associates Ltd can perform this work and aid in up to date controls to help your business.
The following links below give further information regarding silica exposure, controls and the breathe freely campaigns occurring internationally“