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New silica compliance code to commence in Victoria

A new edition of the managing exposure to crystalline silica: engineered stone compliance code will come into effect in Victoria on Tuesday 15 November 2022.

What’s in the new Code

The new code builds up on the existing 2020 code which will remain operational until 15 November 2022, when the new code commences. 

The new code will continue to apply to workplaces where engineered stone is used.  This includes workshops that process and manufacture engineered stone products such as benchtops, building sites where engineered stone may be installed, and suppliers of engineered stone.

Both the existing code and the new code provide guidance for those who have duties or obligations under the OHS laws, in relation to exposure to crystalline silica dust because of working with engineered stone.

The changes explained

The new code has been updated to include some new requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act that you might need to take into consideration when planning and undertaking work.

This includes:

  • What employers and self-employed persons must do when working with engineered stone. This includes cutting, grinding or abrasive polishing.
  • What information that manufacturers and suppliers need to provide information to customers.
  • The obtaining of an engineered stone licences and who needs to have one.
  • What engineered stone licence holders need to comply with.
  • How suppliers ensure they only supply engineered stone to people who have an engineered stone licence.

For more information, please visit WorkSafe’s website.

To find out more, contact HIA Building and Planning Services.

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