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Australia’s Ban on Silica Engineered Stone and KKR’s Innovative Response on Silica-Free Solid Surface: Navigating a Healthier Future

In an unprecedented move, Australia is set to become the first country in the world to ban the use of engineered stone materials containing silica, effective from July 2024. This bold step, motivated by a commitment to safeguarding public health, addresses the long-standing issue of silica-related diseases among workers in the stone industry.

Kingkonree (KKR), a visionary in the field of building materials, has responded by developing a groundbreaking silica-free solid surface, aligning with both regulatory changes and the company’s dedication to health and environmental sustainability.

Why Silica-Free So Important?

cut artificial stone
cut artificial stone

Silica, specifically in its crystalline form, is a common component in many building materials, notably quartz stone used in countertops and worktops. When processed, these materials release silica dust, a fine particulate that, when inhaled, can lead to severe respiratory diseases such as silicosis, an incurable lung disease, as well as lung cancer and autoimmune disorders.

Australia’s response to this crisis has been swift and decisive. With cases of silicosis dramatically rising since 2015, the country faced a stark reality: thousands of its workers were at risk, with a Curtin University report estimating that approximately 10,390 Australians could develop lung cancer in their lifetime due to occupational silica exposure.

In particular, those involved in the processing of artificial stone have been diagnosed with pneumoconiosis since 2015, with nearly 580 out of an estimated 4,000 artificial stone workers.

anthony white became the face of the silicosis crisis after speaking out about his case last year.
Anthony White became the face of the silicosis crisis after speaking out about his case last year.

The first death from silicosis caused by artificial stone was 36-year-old Queensland stonemason Anthony White, who was diagnosed in 2017 and died in March 2019. The tragic death brought the issue into sharp relief, underscoring the urgent need for regulatory intervention and industry change.

Australia Leads with Legislative Action

The Australian government’s unanimous decision to ban the use, supply, and manufacture of all engineered stone materials with more than 1% crystalline silica by July 2024 marks a significant milestone in occupational health policy.

This legislation not only aims to protect workers from the dangers of silica dust but also sets a precedent for other countries to follow, highlighting the global importance of addressing occupational health risks.

Kingkonree’s Silica-Free Solid Surface: A Leap Forward

silica free solid surface (2)
silica free solid surface (2)

Recognizing the severity of the issue and anticipating market demands for safer materials, Kingkonree (KKR) embarked on a mission in 2023 to develop a solid surface entirely free of silica. Through rigorous research and development, KKR succeeded in creating a product that not only meets but exceeds the highest quality standards of the premium market, verified by authoritative SGS testing to contain zero silica.

silica free solid surface sample
silica free solid surface sample

KKR’s silica-free solid surface represents a significant advancement in building materials, offering a safe and sustainable alternative that does not compromise on quality or aesthetics. By eliminating the risk of silica dust exposure, KKR is not only protecting the health of workers in the stone industry but also contributing to a healthier living environment for end-users.

Crystalline Silica Contect Test by SGS Certification

SGS is a globally recognized leader in inspection, verification, testing, and certification. The KKR Crystalline Silica Content Test, conducted by SGS, involves advanced testing methods such as FTIR, EDX, and XRD, ensuring accurate and reliable results. Our solid surface material underwent these tests, confirming its compliance with Australian standards by showing no detectable levels of crystalline silica.

Joining KKR in the Shift Towards Sustainability

KKR Workers Get The Red Envelope for a Lucky Start
KKR Workers Get The Red Envelope for a Lucky Start

As Australia takes a pioneering step towards eliminating silica-related health risks, KKR invites industry professionals, builders, architects, and homeowners to explore the benefits of their silica-free solid surfaces. In doing so, KKR underscores its commitment to environmental conservation and the well-being of all stakeholders.

KKR’s factory in Tangjiao Village, Zhenlong Town, Huiyang Area, Huizhou, is open to visitors who wish to learn more about the production process and the company’s dedication to innovation and sustainability. With a team ready to provide further information and share test reports, KKR is at the forefront of the shift towards healthier, compliant, and sustainable materials.

Conclusion: Paving the Way for a Healthier Future

silica free solid surface (1)
silica free solid surface (1)

The ban on silica-containing engineered stone materials in Australia is a wake-up call to the world about the serious health risks associated with silica exposure.

Kingkonree’s development of a silica-free solid surface is a testament to what can be achieved when health and safety are prioritized. As we look towards a future where sustainable and safe building materials are the norm, KKR stands ready to lead the way, inviting all to join in making this vision a reality.

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