Quartz fabrication can be bad for workers

Emily R.
October 2, 2019

I just read this article on NPR about workers in fab shops getting silicosis from all the quartz dust. I thought it was worth passing on. The article gives a few suggestions on what we as consumers can do:

"He says consumers who want to make sure they're buying a countertop from a responsible vendor can vet fabricators by looking to see if they are accredited by the Natural Stone Institute, which trains companies on how to safely cut and polish stone. Accreditation requires companies to basically invite OSHA in to do an inspection.

But many operators, especially smaller ones, won't have gone through this process. If a showroom is attached to a manufacturing shop, Scott says, a countertop buyer could simply look around.

"How much dust do you see? Because it gets everywhere," says Scott. "General cleanliness is going to tell you a lot."

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