Health & safety
1 min

Reduced builders' exposure to hazardous substances during installation



The release of hazardous substances from construction products on jobsites, such as silica or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), exposes construction workers to health risks. 

Did you know?

Silica dust is the biggest risk to construction workers after absestos.



Why is it important?

  • Hazardous substances have carcinogenic properties

  • In 2015, 17% of workers in the EU reported being exposed to chemical products or substances for at least a quarter of their working time. 15% report breathing in smoke, fumes, powder or dust at work

  • Example of substance: silica dust released during products installation, causing severe respiratory and lung diseases, including lung cancer

How to reduce builders' exposure?

  • Adapt the product's composition, to ensure the presence of hazardous substances is limited

  • Develop new products with specific properties during installation: low-dust, non-emissive products

How do we act?

Our available solutions:

  • Low-dust screeds and adhesives improving user comfort during installation

  • Inert or non-hazardous waste

  • No or limited release of hazardous substances during installation / deconstruction

  • Soft touch / less itchy / non-irritant products