19 November 2020

Dr. Drouin Discusses Occupational Exposure to Silica High from the Manufacture and Installation of Quartz Countertops

Pieces of artificial stone countertop lined up

Artificial stone countertops may contain more than 90% silica, a mineral that, when broken down into dust, can be harmful to humans. People who work with artificial stone countertops, such as those who work in construction or manufacturing, are at risk of developing silicosis, a spectrum of pulmonary diseases that may progress to respiratory failure or death.

Recently Dr. Scott Drouin, Rimkus Senior Toxicology Consultant, contributed to Industrial Safety and Hygiene News Magazine an article that examines silicosis, its connection to the artificial stone industry, and potential safety controls to mitigate exposure risks. Read the full article here.

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