Model Work Health and Safety Regulations Amendment (Engineered Stone) 2023 – explanatory statement
The model Work Health and Safety Regulations have been amended by the Parliamentary Counsel’s Committee.
The Model Work Health and Safety Regulations (Engineered Stone) Amendment 2023 introduces an express prohibition on the uncontrolled processing of engineered stone products. The amendments reflect the existing duty on persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to eliminate risks to the health and safety of workers from engineered stone and if that is not reasonably practicable, to minimise the risks so far as is reasonably practicable.
A PCBU that permits the uncontrolled processing of engineered stone would not be complying with their primary duty of care and the model WHS Regulations now directly prohibit such conduct.
The Explanatory Statement to the Amendment can be viewed here. The model WHS Regulations and accompanying Explanatory Statement are currently being consolidated to incorporate the new provisions. Once the consolidation is finalised, this page will be updated accordingly.