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Tasmania officially enacts ban on engineered stone

Jul 8th 2024

Tasmania officially enacts ban on engineered stone

OHS Daily News

The production, distribution and processing of engineered stone benchtops is currently prohibited in Tasmania.

Minister for Consumer Affairs, Madeleine Ogilvie, emphasised the importance of protecting workers from the hazardous silica dust produced by engineered stone, stating that workplace health and safety is a top priority for all Tasmanians.

“It was unacceptable that as many as one in four workers were developing silicosis from exposure to engineered stone, and we have listened to the evidence and acted,” the Minister said.

“We have proceeded in a prudent way by engaging in consultation with key industry stakeholders, after coordinating this nationally with Work Health and Safety Ministers in other jurisdictions. We have provided for a six-month transition period away from engineered stone to ensure the best outcome for all.”

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