Be Silica Smart.

Engineered Stone Ban

The ban on the manufacture, supply, processing and installation of engineered stone is set to come into effect on 1 July 2024.

Learn more on the engineered stone ban web page.

Workers in construction, manufacturing, tunnelling, demolition, mining, quarrying and stonemasonry can be exposed to silica dust at work.

Work activities that can produce silica dust include: 

  • creating, installing and changing engineered stone benchtops 
  • digging, earth moving and drilling 
  • clay and stone processing 
  • paving and surfacing 
  • mining, quarrying and mineral ore treating 
  • tunnelling 
  • construction labouring 
  • brick, concrete, tile or stone cutting; especially using dry methods 
  • abrasive blasting (blasting product must not contain more than 1% of crystalline silica) 
  • factory metal casting 
  • angle grinding, jack hammering and chiselling of concrete or stone
  • hydraulic fracturing of gas and oil wells, and
  • pottery making.

Employers have a legal duty to protect workers by managing the health and safety risks from silica dust.

Workers also have a legal duty to take reasonable care of their own, and others, health and safety at work.

Information for:

Occupational lung diseases

Clean Air. Clear Lungs. occupational lung diseases provides information for employers or small business owners, on how to eliminate or manage the risk of their workers developing an occupational lung disease.

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