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Compliance code for working with engineered stone - Vic

February 12, 2020

The Minister for Workplace Safety, Jill Hennessy, has just approved the new Managing exposure to crystalline silica: Engineered stone compliance code. The code is effective from Tuesday 11 February 2020.

The code provides information on how to comply with obligations under Victoria's occupational health and safety legislation when manufacturing, supplying or working with engineered stone, including:

  • the health risks of working with engineered stone
  • which duties apply to working with engineered stone
  • duties for manufacturers, importing suppliers and suppliers of engineered stone
  • the respirable crystalline silica exposure standard
  • air monitoring requirements
  • the prohibition on the uncontrolled dry cutting of engineered stone
  • how to control the risk of exposure to respirable crystalline silica
  • respiratory protective equipment
  • clean up and decontamination
  • when health monitoring is required and what it involves.

A copy of the code can be downloaded from the WorkSafe website or viewed at any WorkSafe office.

This code has been introduced without warning, without an opportunity for public comment and without an assessment of potential impacts or an allowance for a reasonable period of time for its implementation. Click here for a copy of the Ministers media release from today.

HIA had made repeated requests to WorkSafe and to the Minister to release a draft for public comment to enable feedback from those affected by it and consideration of any potential impacts of its introduction.

Also despite the lack of notification, members need to be aware that they will need to comply as it will be enforced from the 11th February 2020. For further Information contact Tony Lopez, Assistant Director Occupational Health and Safety Policy on t.lopez@hia.com.au or 1300 650 620.