Health & Safety for Caesarstone Quartz Surfaces

Overview

As the world’s leading global quartz surface developer and manufacturer, we at Caesarstone view the existence of a safe working environment for all employees, free of hazards and in compliance with all local laws, alongside the safety of all installed products, with foremost importance.

 

Can Caesarstone surfaces installed in the home be harmful to the consumer?

We can assure you that Caesarstone surfaces installed in the home are absolutely not harmful to the consumer.

Caesarstone quartz surfaces are completely safe for domestic use.

Caesarstone quartz surfaces are in use today in many environments that require the strictest standards of cleanliness and sterility and in millions of homes around the world.

The health risk lies in the processing procedure, if performed not in accordance with safety legal requirements, and not in the surfaces themselves.

A small amount of silica dust could be produced during installation or repair of Caesarstone quartz surfaces in the end user's home. This poses no health threat to the end user such as silicosis and other fatal diseases caused by silica dust, which are developed only as a result of ongoing occupational exposure to silica dust. Silicosis is purely an occupational disease..

 

What are Caesarstone quartz surfaces?

Caesarstone quartz surfaces are an advanced solution for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities flooring, wall cladding and other internal applications. They are manufactured from approximately 90% quartz and high-quality polymer resins and pigments.

Caesarstone quartz surfaces are in use today in millions of homes around the world, and in many environments that require the strictest standards of cleanliness and sterility.

 

What are silica and quartz?

Silica is one of the most common compounds on earth. Silica is composed of two elements: silicon and oxygen (silicon dioxide, SiO2).

Caesarstone surfaces are made of minerals that include crystalline silica, such as silica sand and quartz.

Crystalline Silica is one of the most common compounds on earth and can be found in nature in various forms, mainly as sand, and also as rocks and stones such as marble, granite, quartz and cristobalite.

Crystalline Silica is a component of many manufactured products in daily use, such as glass, pottery and quartz surfaces.

Silica is very commonly used in construction and at various concentrations in bricks, blocks, tiles, slabs, cement and concrete.

 

Does Caesarstone meet industry standards for health and environment?

Caesarstone always complies and collaborates with regulatory organizations to ensure that our countertops meet with strict international safety standards for consumer use – whether for admiring or eating. Our countertops are approved by the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) for contact with food and bear other strict certificates and accreditations of regulatory and safety standards bodies including Greenguard (which ensures that a product has met some of the world's most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air).

Caesarstone quartz surfaces maintain the most stringent industry standards for health and environment, as listed below, and presented on the Caesarstone web site.

  • Caesarstone products are compliant with the National Sanitation Foundation International standard, ensuring that our working surfaces are safe for use in all food environments.
  • Caesarstone quartz surfaces comply with ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001.
  • Caesarstone is a registered member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
  • Caesarstone surfaces comply with the American GEI (GREENGUARD Environmental Institute) certification, which primarily verifies that Caesarstone's products meet the most stringent air emission standards.
  • Caesarstone surfaces are kosher due to their low porosity.

 

The industries working with crystalline silica (quartz)

Working with crystalline silica (quartz) is found in numerous industries including:

  • Underground mining, tunneling and excavation work
  • Extraction and cutting of quartzite, gneiss, granite, sandstone and slate
  • Foundries
  • Glass manufacturing plants
  • Brick making
  • Manufacture of glass, pottery, porcelain, bricks, ceramic tiles, pavers
  • Underground mining, tunneling and excavation work
  • Road building
  • Building construction
  • Demolition work where potential sites of silica exist e.g. breaking up concrete
  • Explosive blasting work

 

Are you a professional working with Silica?

If you work with silica and the fabrication of engineered quartz surfaces,
Download the Caesarstone Good Practice Guide.

Please note that the Fabrication & Health Protection Guide includes important health and safety information and instructions (including health hazards associated with crystalline silica dust, and recommended protection measures). Please review them carefully.

You should carefully adhere to all applicable local laws and regulations related to health and safety. We also recommend that you consult with your local occupational health professional and other advisors on the applicable laws, regulations and recommended protection measures.