Prohibition of engineered stone: Literature review and gap analysis

On 22 March 2024, WHS ministers agreed to Safe Work Australia’s recommendations relating to the ban on the use of engineered stone under the model WHS laws. Read the Ban on the use of engineered stone webpage for more.

Transitional Arrangements

The ban is set to come into effect on 1 July 2024 in most jurisdictions. Jurisdictions will need to implement amendments to their own WHS laws to give effect to the ban on the use of engineered stone. For questions about transitional arrangements and the implementation of the amendments in your jurisdiction, please contact your WHS regulator.

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In May 2023, Safe Work Australia commissioned the University of Adelaide to undertake a literature review and gap analysis of the scientific evidence to inform recommendations related to the three options for prohibition on the use of engineered stone in Australia.

The report was independently peer reviewed by an expert from Monash University in June 2023. 

The final report was provided to Safe Work Australia in July 2023 and was used to inform the development of the Decision Regulation Impact Statement: Prohibition on the use of Engineered Stone

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