Author Archives: Ash Butler

Water Recycling & Stone Countertops – How To Unleash the Power!

Whether you’re running multiple CNCs, about to get your first one, or haven’t dipped your toe in yet, water recycling in the stone industry – and specifically the realm of stone countertop production – is all about efficiency and sustainability. We all know that water recycling systems provide a constant supply of clean water. It’s […]

Dust Monitoring in Countertop Fabrication: Keeping Your Craft Safe and Workers Healthy

Introduction Countertop fabricators play a critical role in the construction industry, particularly in the fabrication and installation of stone countertops. However, it’s also important to recognise the potential hazards and risks of the job, particularly the production of dust and particulates. The fabshop is a hazardous place, not least because of the dangers of inhaling […]

The Silent Killer: The Dangers of Silica Dust Exposure

Working with silica dust – and exposure to it – is dangerous.  That’s no secret. Even though silica dust is a naturally occurring common mineral found in the earth’s crust, breathing it in can lead to a number of serious health consequences. It starts with shortness of breath, chest pain, and a persistent cough. Then […]

Silica Dust Exposure – How To Protect Yourself

It’s no secret that silica dust exposure is dangerous.  In fact, silica dust is so dangerous to your health that the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is reviewing its exposure limits.  OSHA and NIOSH currently (March 2022) have a permissible exposure limit (PEL) of just 50 micrograms of silica dust per […]

Crystalline Silica Dust Dangers – How To Avoid Them

Workplaces like stone workshops are dangerous places, for all manner of reasons… Not least crystalline silica dust. Stone industry workers face some serious long-term dangers like the inhalation of dust particles and silica exposure. These can cause respiratory problems such as asthma. And long-term health issues aren’t far behind. There’s scarring of the lungs (pulmonary […]

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