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The latest news from the Stone Industry

Dust can be an invisible killer in masonry workshops
Respirable crystalline silica dust kills. Exposure to it can be reduced with dust extraction or using water-guzzling machinery, which has its own environmental impact. NSS explores some of the issues...
The American stone industry’s fight back against a radon scare associated with granite worktops has received a $20,000 boost from the Italian trade association Internazionale Marmi e Macchine (...
Microban, the makers of the antibacterial ingredient added to Silestone worktops, refute suggestions that there is any danger from their material.Cosentino add the antibacterial product containing...
 
Burlington stone in Dubai
The Festival Waterfront Centre is a 280,000m2 retail, dining and leisure centre in Dubai. Amid a plethora of natural stone, the development includes a stunning water feature, called ‘Origami...
A story about radioactive radon gas being emitted by granite kitchen worktops has been given increased credibility in America this month (August) by being published in the respected New York Times....
I thought the article about silicosis (NSS July issue, page 14) was quite good. However, I would take issue with the Maximum Exposure Limit of 0.3mg/m3 quoted. The Maximum Exposure Limit (MEL) has...
Dr Prassana Krishnan is a specialist in occupational medicine. Last month he reviewed silicosis resulting from exposure to dust. This month he examines another main occupational concern of...
Letter: It is surely a vain hope that fair comparisons can ever be made between differing materials in terms of their 'green credentials' (in reference to NSS May issue, page 5, '...
Dr Prassana Krishnan is a specialist in occupational medicine. Here he offers some advice on one of the issues most relevant to stonemasonry - silicosisMost stone contains silica and cutting,...
I am not trained in communicating with the media and have never had to communicate with them before. But perhaps I made the mistake of making some slightly unguarded comments to the layman journalist...
Next month (on 6 June) the BRE\'s Green Guide that rates building materials by their environmental standing will be published on the internet (a printed version will follow). And concern is growing...
The TUC\'s Commission on Vulnerable Employment has this month called for reform of the Construction Industry Scheme that it says has trapped UK workers "in a continual round of low-paid and insecure...
Following the death of another stone worker - the fifth in four years - Stone Federation Great Britain has re-issued guidance on handling stone, especially in association with \'A\' frames, that they...
SkidProof say they now have the global rights to a new product that can improve the skid resistance of any hard surface, inside or out, including natural and engineered stone.It came about as the...
The Construction Products Association (CPA) is leading a move to develop a standard for responsible sourcing of materials that can be adopted by the various sectors of the industry.Currently, only...

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