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03/25/2024 • Fabrication, News

Quartz Countertops: Silica Safety

An in-depth look at how we invest in technologies that minimize silica presence, and safeguard the health of our workers and customers.

Silica, or Crystalline Silica, is a ubiquitous mineral present in the Earth's crust, commonly found in sand, stone, granite, quartz, concrete, and mortar.

The quartz countertop industry has flourished due to the exceptional benefits and characteristics offered by quartz minerals, such as its clear transparent appearance and remarkable hardness. By combining quartz with a small portion of color pigments and resin binder, manufacturers create slabs that are non-porous and exceptionally durable. Quartz, the main form of silica found in nature, serves as the foundation for these countertops.

The concern arises from the potential health hazards associated with working with silica-containing materials. During mining, quarrying, crushing, cutting, and polishing processes, silica particles can become airborne, posing a serious occupational hazard to those regularly exposed to them. Prolonged inhalation of these particles can lead to silicosis, an interstitial lung disease characterized by permanent lung scarring, pulmonary fibrosis, and potentially fatal consequences.


The emphasis on high quartz content in quartz surface manufacturing, while advantageous for workability and durability, exposes fabricators and installers to risks during production and installation. Once the fabrication is complete and the material is installed, there is no risk to the end consumer.

At Counter Solutions, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our employees by implementing stringent protocols to mitigate silica exposure.

Dry cutting is strictly prohibited in our facility, and we utilize state-of-the-art water filtration systems to minimize airborne silica during fabrication. Our dedicated team ensures continuous cleaning and moisture control to prevent dust from becoming airborne. When in the field and cutting is necessary, our teams only cut outdoors and wear masks to minimize inhalation risks.

Additionally, our facilities undergo regular air quality testing conducted by external risk management experts to monitor silica levels and ensure compliance with safety standards. Our commitment is to maintain vigilance in addressing silica concerns, investing in technologies to minimize silica presence, and safeguarding the health of our workers.

Our focus remains on ensuring a safe fabrication process to deliver high-quality surfaces while prioritizing the health and safety of our employees.