Engineered stone ban

Timeline for the ban

Hover over each section to see more information about what will happen during different stages of the ban process.

Now (until 1 July 2024)

Until the ban on engineered stone comes into effect, workers and businesses can continue to work with engineered stone in a controlled way.  

Under the model WHS Regulations, if you are cutting, grinding, trimming, sanding, abrasive polishing or drilling engineered stone using power tools or other mechanical plant, you must use one of the following:

  • a water suppression (wet cutting) system
  • an on-tool dust extraction system, or 
  • local exhaust ventilation system.

All workers who process engineered stone must also be provided with and wear respiratory protective equipment.

Working with engineered stone About the ban

From 1 July 2024

The ban on the manufacture, supply, processing and installation of engineered stone benchtops, panels and slabs comes into effect.

A ban on manufacture, supply, processing and installation of engineered stone benchtops, panels and slabs will be implemented in jurisdictions from 1 July 2024.

The amendments to the model WHS Regulations that give effect to these changes from 1 July 2024 are now available.

Details of the ban may be specific to your jurisdiction. Use the links below to find out how the ban is being implemented, including any transitional arrangements, in your state or territory.

The ban will not apply to the processing of previously installed engineered stone benchtops, panels or slabs for the purposes removal, repair or minor modification. Nor will it apply to the processing of uninstalled engineered stone for the purposes of disposal. 

Permitted work with this legacy engineered stone must be controlled and PCBUs must notify the relevant WHS regulator prior to carrying out this work with legacy engineered stone.

Frequently asked questions

From 1 September 2024

The stronger regulation of all crystalline silica substances comes into effect.

These changes will apply to all materials containing at least 1% crystalline silica, including engineered stone.

In relation to engineered stone, the changes include:

  • a continuing requirement for any permitted processing of engineered stone to be controlled and notified to the regulator
  • a requirement for PCBUs to undertake a risk assessment of any permitted processing of legacy engineered stone, and
  • additional duties for PCBUs carrying out permitted work with engineered stone that is assessed as high risk.

Amendments to the model WHS Regulations that give effect to these changes from 1 September 2024 are available.

More information will be coming soon.

Silica resources

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