Veneer Stone: Leading the Way in Silica-Free Stone Cladding for a Safer Tomorrow

In the wake of the recent ban on engineered stone due to the discovery of Silicosis, Veneer Stone, a family-owned business since 2009, is taking proactive steps to ensure worker safety and compliance with regulations. This commitment is evident in the introduction of a groundbreaking new collection, featuring products that are 99% Silica-free. In this article, we’ll explore the measures taken by Veneer Stone to prioritise safety, comply with regulations, and introduce innovative products.

1. New Products for 2024: 99% Silica-Free:

Veneer Stone’s commitment to safety is evident in its new collection, which boasts a significantly reduced silica content compared to engineered benchtops and natural stone. The unique composition of these products includes cement, lightweight additives, and water all with zero silica. The remaining raw materials primarily crushed limestone, from our specialised quarry with less than .02% silica, minimising the risk of exposure during handling or installation.

2. Enhanced Worker Safety Measures:

In response to the ban on engineered stone, Veneer Stone has implemented strict safety measures. Dry Cutting has been eliminated, and the company has put strict measures in place to ensure the consistent use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for its workers. The comprehensive PPE includes dust masks, safety goggles, gloves, and potentially respirators, ensuring a secure working environment that adheres to all safety regulations.

3. Crushed Limestone: A Silica-Minimized Raw Material:

The use of crushed limestone, a washed sand material mined from the ground, further contributes to the reduction of silica exposure. After screening and washing to remove contaminants, crushed limestone is utilized in the production of Veneer Stone’s materials. Its low silica content ensures a safer working environment for installers, aligning with the company’s commitment to worker safety.

4. Prioritising Safety in Material Handling:

Veneer Stone emphasises the importance of safety when working with materials like stone cladding, bricks, or concrete. Utilising appropriate PPE, including dust masks, safety goggles, gloves, and respirators, significantly reduces the risk of inhaling harmful particles. This proactive approach ensures added protection against potential health hazards associated with dust and debris generated during cutting or manipulation activities.

5. Pioneering Innovation and Safety:

Veneer Stone is at the forefront of innovation in the industry, spearheading the development of a revolutionary product with almost non-existent silica content. This product is meticulously designed to prioritise installer safety, setting a new standard in material safety and reshaping the industry’s approach to innovation while ensuring the well-being of those who work with their materials.

6. Future Considerations and Legal Compliance:

While investigating non-silica-based products for the future, Veneer Stone assures its customers of full compliance with Australian laws. As a concrete product, the company is not affected by the ban on engineered stone. Extensive testing has been conducted to ensure that Veneer Stone’s products meet the necessary standards and regulations, providing peace of mind to both customers and employees.

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Veneer Stone’s unwavering commitment to worker safety, innovation, and legal compliance positions it as a leader in the industry. With the introduction of a groundbreaking collection featuring 99% Silica-free products, the company is not just adapting to regulatory changes but is actively shaping a safer and more innovative future for the stone cladding industry.

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Designed and manufactured in Australia, Veneer Stone is made from a blend of crushed sandstone with less than 1% natural colour pigments. All stone comes in tile form, from 20 to 43 millimetres thick, and is easy to install. Pre-fabricated corners and capping are highly recommended for creating a refined solid stone look.