Safe Work Australia has today published submissions received as part of the recent consultation on a prohibition on the use of engineered stone.
Stakeholders were invited to provide feedback on a prohibition on the use of engineered stone to address the risks of workplace exposure to respirable crystalline silica from these materials.
Consultation was open from 2 March to 2 April 2023.
114 submissions were received from stakeholders including workers, PCBUs, WHS professionals, government agencies, industry and peak bodies, and employer and worker representatives.
79 submissions have been published, where the author has given consent for publication and there are no privacy or confidentiality concerns.
Read the published submissions on Safe Work Australia’s consultation website Engage.
Quotes attributable to Safe Work Australia CEO Michelle Baxter:
“We received a strong response to our consultation on a prohibition on the use of engineered stone, with over 100 submissions.
“I want to thank the organisations and individuals who took the time to make submissions to this important consultation.
“In particular, I really appreciate the responses we received from small businesses, many of whom provided valuable information and data to inform the impact analysis.
“The submissions, together with expert analysis, will inform a report for consideration by WHS ministers, who will decide whether to prohibit the use of engineered stone.”
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