Campaign Sends Clear Safety Message On Engineered Stone

A new WorkSafe campaign will raise awareness of the approaching 1 July ban on engineered stone while reminding employers of their obligations to protect workers ahead of the ban’s commencement.

The campaign is focused on reaching workers working with engineered stone, including those in regional communities, and will be translated for culturally and linguistically diverse communities heavily involved in the industry.

The campaign will run into February ahead of a meeting of national workplace safety ministers that will finalise details of the ban on work involving the manufacturing, supply, processing and installation of engineered stone.

Businesses and consumers have been asked not to enter into contracts for engineered stone products from 1 January, given the contracts may not be able to be legally fulfilled.

Victoria led the nation in introducing the toughest regulations and the country’s first licensing scheme for businesses working with crystalline silica, and those protections remain in force. Victoria’s regulations include a ban on the uncontrolled dry-cutting of engineered stone.

Following national agreement, the Allan Labor Government will enforce the prohibition on the use of all engineered stone through amendments to occupational health and safety laws.

Workers in the industry are able to have a comprehensive health assessment at the Alfred Occupational Respiratory Clinic, offered in partnership between WorkSafe and the Alfred.

Australia’s only dedicated public hospital occupational respiratory clinic provides a range of diagnostic tools and specialist services not readily available to GPs, increasing the chance of early identification while saving time and reducing stress for workers and their families.

The WorkSafe campaign launches this week and will run across print, online and social media, including translations in Mandarin, Vietnamese and Italian.