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Ban on uncontrolled mechanical cutting of silica-containing materials takes effect in the ACT

Jul 21st 2022

Ban on uncontrolled mechanical cutting of silica-containing materials takes effect in the ACT

New regulations banning the uncontrolled mechanical cutting of silica-containing materials in the ACT came into effect on 14 July 2022.

Consequently, WHS Commissioner Jacqueline Agius has issued an exemption for parts of the WHS Amendment Regulation 2022 Act.

In a statement, Ms Agius said this would give the industry ample time to consider these activities and seek expert advice.

“Since the release of the Amendment, industry stakeholders have brought a range of issues to my attention; issues such as time to plan and prepare for the changes outlined in the Amendment and specific activities where wet methods may be impractical,” Ms Agius said.

“From 14 July 2022, all sections in the Amendment relating to crystalline silica will only fully apply to engineered stone products.”

Read the full statement on the WorkSafe ACT website.

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