WARNING: DO NOT BREATHE DUST AND CUT ONLY IN WELL VENTILATED AREA
James Hardie products contain sand, a source of respirable crystalline silica which is considered by some international authorities to be a cause of cancer from some occupational sources. Breathing excessive amounts of respirable silica dust can also cause a disabling and potentially fatal lung disease called silicosis, and has been linked with other diseases. Some studies suggest smoking may increase these risks.
During installation or handling:
(1) work in outdoor areas with ample ventilation;
(2) minimise dust when cutting by using either 'Score and Snap' knife, fibre cement shears or, where not feasible, use a HardiBlade® Saw Blade and dust-reducing circular saw attached to a HEPA vacuum;
(3) warn others in the immediate area to avoid breathing dust;
(4) wear a properly-fitted, approved dust mask or respirator (e.g. P1 or P2) in accordance with applicable government regulations and manufacturer instructions to further limit respirable silica exposures. During clean-up, use HEPA vacuums or wet cleanup methods - never dry sweep.
For further information, refer to our installation instructions and Material Safety Data Sheets.
FAILURE TO ADHERE TO OUR WARNINGS, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS, AND INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS MAY LEAD TO SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH.