The next asbestos? What you need to know about silica

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Silicosis, caused by dust particles from making stone benchtops, can kill. What’s being done?

TV programs and tightening credit are prompting more Australians to renovate their homes while evidence mounts that kitchen upgrades can have deadly consequences for tradesmen.

Silica from stone benchtops is responsible for serious and sometimes fatal health problems for the workers who cut and install these products.

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One thing consumers could do is ensure they order natural stone

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“We may as well be making benchtops out of asbestos.”

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