Engineered Quartz counter tops are killing some countertop staff. –

Publicity to the silica mud created chopping and sharpening Engineered quartz counter tops is giving some staff extreme silicosis a deadly lung illness

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The Middle for Desease Management has issued the next warning: “Silicosis is an incurable occupational lung illness brought on by inhaling particles of respirable crystalline silica. … As a result of quartz, a sort of crystalline silica, is usually present in stone, staff who minimize, polish, or grind stone supplies might be uncovered to silica mud.”

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Engineered Quartz Countertop Fabrication

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Whereas inhaling mud from the chopping and sharpening of all counter tops is unhealthy, the fabrication of engineered quartz counter tops has been discovered to be particularly harmful. NPR reported in October that the “synthetic stone used to make kitchen and toilet counter tops has been linked to circumstances of demise and irreversible lung damage in staff who minimize, grind and polish this more and more well-liked materials.” Some scientists are evaluating the hazards of chopping quartz counter tops with coal mining.

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In 2016, OSHA issued new office limits on how a lot silica could possibly be within the air at countertop fabrication websites. Sadly a yr later, the incoming Trump administration canceled the security company’s nationwide emphasis program for silica.

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Instance of a quartz countertop

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Important Line Kitchen Design presently sells Quartz counter tops. However the time has come for accountable retailers to research the situations on the fabrication websites the place the engineered quartz that we promote is minimize and polished.

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Important Line Kitchen Design will speak to business specialists on the Nationwide Kitchen and Bathtub Trade Present, KBIS, held this January in Las Vegas. After we return from the present, we’ll converse to our fabricators and attempt to verify if their staff are being uncovered to those risks from the counter tops we promote.

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Important Line Kitchen Design is not going to promote a harmful kitchen design to our clients. For instance we don’t promote kitchens with ranges and cooktops subsequent to doorways. See our two blogs on this subject: Kitchen designers who don’t shield their clients and Is your kitchen designer going to kill you?

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If we decide that we cannot promote Quartz counter tops with out endangering the lives of the individuals who fabricate them we’ll stop promoting Engineered Quartz counter tops.

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Wishing all our clients and the folks we work with a protected and completely satisfied Vacation Season.

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Bon Appetit!

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Paul, Julie, Ed, Chris, John, Lauren, Tom and Stacia

Important Line Kitchen Design