ENGINEERED STONE BAN: IMPLEMENTATION AGREED

Last Friday, Work Health and Safety Ministers from the Commonwealth, states, and territories convened to address important implementation issues regarding the upcoming prohibition on the use of engineered stone. This prohibition is set to take effect in Victoria July 1 of this year.

They endorsed a stronger regulatory framework for silica exposure and discussed draft amendments to clarify the scope of the prohibition and the process for exemptions.

Ministers also emphasised the need for compliance with safety regulations and condemned attempts to bypass the prohibition.

Transitional arrangements for existing contracts and the disposal of legacy engineered stone were outlined.

The meeting also focused on regulating other crystalline silica processes and committed to reviewing the effectiveness of the prohibition.

Next steps include finalising amendments to WHS regulations. Find the communique from the meeting here.

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