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Lack of certainty on timeframes of ban is a major concern

Media release

Lack of certainty on timeframes of ban is a major concern

Media release
“The Housing Industry Association (HIA) acknowledges Ministers’ decision to introduce a prohibition (ban) on the use of engineered stone, in what is a complex and challenging matter,” said Jocelyn Martin, HIA Managing Director.

“However, the lack of clarity and conflicting information released yesterday post the meeting on timelines for the ban and how it will apply to current and future projects and contracts, is of deep concern for industry and homeowners.

“The issue of working with engineered stone is one HIA takes extremely seriously and are supportive of the need to minimise the potential exposure of workers to harmful levels of respirable crystalline silica (RCS), particularly when working with engineered stone.

“Though industry and in turn homeowners, need clarity as to what products can be specified, supplied and used into homes in the short and medium term.

“This is particularly troubling given Ministers indicating their intention for the ban to take effect from 1 July next year, effectively six months. This timeframe will be extremely challenging for industry to adapt, and to make necessary adjustments to plans and manufacturing processes. This lack of certainty and timeframes will also impact consumers wanting to build or renovate in the near future.

“It is critical now that Governments provide a detailed industry transition and communications plan that addresses these and other key matters as soon as possible,” concluded Ms Martin.

For more information please contact:

Jocelyn Martin

Managing Director

Simon Croft

Chief Executive - Industry & Policy
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