Engineered stone workers are at risk of breathing in silica dust which can damage their lungs. Watch this video to see what employers must do to manage these risks at work and protect their workers from occupational lung diseases.
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Narrator: Engineered stone workers are at risk of breathing in silica dust which can damage their lungs.
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Employers must manage this risk by implementing control measures like
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replacing high silica content stone with lower silica content stone, or an alternate product;
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isolating workers from the area where stone is being worked on;
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using local exhaust ventilation and wet cutting methods;
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following health and safety processes; and using appropriate face masks.
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For more guidance on what to do at your workplace visit our website.