As a contractor who provides granite to owners of newly constructed condos, apartments and homes, you should understand the growing concerns about radon exposure and dust from granite countertop installation. While granite has become a fashionable and trendy building material due to its natural beauty, durability, and scratch/heat resistance, there has been some concern over the pollution exposures for working with, and living around, this popular stone. Therefore, it’s important for you to focus on the need for environmental coverage. Contactors Pollution Liability insurance provides for those instances when those exposed to granite dust over a long period of time end up suffering from different types of serious respiratory illnesses.
Visitors can present additional health issues
Measuring and cutting granite takes a great deal of precision. As you may imagine, the dust associated with cutting granite is composed of very fine particles that can be extremely hazardous if inhaled into the lungs. If, for example, your company allows customers to come to your facility to choose their own slabs of granite for their countertops, this presents an additional pollution liability risk, since there is usually a large amount of dust on the premises.
Another exposure concern with granite is the potential for it to emit radon gas into the air. As explained on the Environmental Protection Agency website, “Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water. It is the largest source of exposure to naturally occurring radiation. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) concluded after an exhaustive review that radon in indoor air is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after cigarette smoking”.
Although allegations that granite countertops may emit toxic levels of radon are still in question, many government officials suggest that homes and offices test the granite for this exposure.
You need to be aware of these risks and take the necessary precautions in order to prevent these health hazards as well as be protected from environmental insurance claims. A Contractors Pollution Liability policy would help to reduce the potential for an out-of-pocket claim, and would work to further secure the future success and welfare of your company.