Crystalline silica and silicosis

This new model code provides practical information on how to manage health and safety risks associated with respirable crystalline silica from engineered stone.

On Friday 10 May, WHS ministers agreed to 2 sets of amendments to the model WHS Regulations, which will help protect workers from silicosis, a lung disease caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

Work health and safety (WHS) ministers have agreed to the new WEL list and a harmonised transition period ending on 30 November 2026. This change comes after extensive work and consultation to revise the Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants (WES). 

Australia is now transitioning to the

On 22 March 2024, WHS ministers met to discuss the draft amendments to the model WHS Regulations to give effect to the engineered stone ban. 

WHS ministers met today to discuss the draft amendments to the model WHS Regulations to give effect to the engineered stone ban.