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Silica Dust Code of Practice Update

Updated Silica Dust resources in line with Australia's new 2023 Code of Practice.

To better protect workers and ensure compliance with workplace health and safety regulations, Queensland has recently approved the Managing Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust Exposure in Construction and Manufacturing of Construction Elements Code of Practice 2022. This Code, which will commence on May 1 2023, is Australia's first silica dust code of practice for the construction industry. It applies to all construction work and manufacturing materials such as bricks, blocks, tiles, mortar, and concrete.


In response to the recent release the new Code of Practice for managing silica dust hazards in the construction and manufacturing industries, we have diligently reviewed and updated our entire collection of health and safety documents related to silica dust. Our goal is to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information to keep your workplace safe and compliant with the latest industry standards.

Browse our comprehensive range of updated products below, including risk assessments, Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS), Silica Dust Management Plans, and more. Each of these resources has been carefully revised to reflect the best practices and recommendations outlined in Queensland's new Code of Practice.

Updated Products

Silica Dust Management Plan

Silica Dust Safe Work Method Statement

Additional SWMS Documents

The following SWMS that include dust generating operations have been updated to ensure alignment with the newest silica dust Code of Practice:

Don't miss out on these essential updates – take advantage of our expertly crafted silica dust resources and ensure your workplace is protected and compliant. Contact our customer service team today to discuss your specific needs and secure the updated materials for your workplace. 


If you have already purchased any of the documents listed above, you can pay a reduced fee to receive an update. This is a great way to keep your documents up-to-date without having to pay full price. Please contact customer service and they will arrange this for you. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

The new Silica Dust Code of Practice is called 'Managing respirable crystalline silica dust exposure in construction and manufacturing of construction elements Code of Practice 2022.'

It is Australia’s first silica dust code of practice for the construction industry and will commence in Queensland on 1 May 2023. It applies to all construction work and manufacturing materials such as bricks, blocks, tiles, mortar and concrete.

At the moment, other states and territories have Silica Dust Codes of Practice for Engineered Stonework, but this code specifically focuses on construction work and manufacturing construction materials as the first of its kind in Australia.

The new Code of Practice provides updated guidelines for managing respirable crystalline silica dust hazards, focusing on:

  • risk assessment
  • control measures for construction activities
  • monitoring
  • training
  • documentation.

It emphasises the importance of reducing exposure to silica dust and implementing effective controls to minimise risks to workers.

Yes, it does. The 'Managing respirable crystalline silica dust exposure in the stone benchtop industry Code of Practice 2019' is still in force in QLD. So QLD now has two Codes of Practice related to Silica Dust management.

Yes, while the new Queensland Code of Practice specifically targets managing silica dust hazards in the construction and manufacturing industries within the state, its relevance also extends to businesses outside of Queensland.

Here's why the Code and our updated products can be beneficial for those in other regions:

  • Nationwide Applicability: Silica dust hazards are not unique to Queensland; they pose risks to workers across Australia and in many industries. Businesses in other states can apply the best practices and recommendations outlined in the new Code to enhance workplace safety and reduce silica dust exposure.
  • Adoption of Industry Standards: As the first of its kind in Australia, the Queensland Code of Practice sets a precedent for other states to follow. By aligning with the new Code, businesses outside of Queensland can demonstrate their commitment to workplace safety and proactively adopt best practices before similar regulations are introduced in their own state.
  • Enhanced Worker Protection: Our updated products, such as the Silica Dust Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) and Silica Dust Management Plan, have been revised to comply with the new Code of Practice. By using these resources, businesses can better protect their workers from silica dust hazards, regardless of location.

When new regulations, codes of practice, or guidelines are introduced or existing ones are revised, it is essential to update your SWMS and work instructions accordingly. This ensures that your business remains compliant with the latest legal requirements and industry standards. If you are uncomfortable updating these documents yourself, then certainly we can help you.

Our updated Silica Dust SWMS, Management Plan, and other assorted SWMS products are designed to align with the new Code. If you're unsure about the compliance of your existing documents, consider upgrading to our latest resources, which comply with the new guidelines.

Compliance requirements under the new Code include identifying and assessing silica dust hazards, implementing appropriate control measures, conducting regular monitoring, providing training, and maintaining necessary documentation. Each business's requirements might vary depending on its specific operations and risk factors.

Non-compliance with the new Code can result in penalties, fines, or legal action from regulatory authorities. Additionally, it can lead to an increased risk of accidents and incidents, damage to your business reputation, and potential harm to your workers.