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Victoria’s NEW OHS Regulations related to Crystalline Silica – Are you ready?

Published May 04, 2022 - Head of Health and Safety

The regulations introduce new duties that offer greater protection to Victorian employees working with respirable crystalline silica.

The regulations will be introduced in ‘transitional’ phases and will implement the following changes:

  • The introduction of Australia’s first licensing regime for engineered stone, including increased manufacturer and supplier duties
  • Victoria’s permanent prohibition on uncontrolled dry-cutting of engineered stone and
  • Additional regulatory oversight of high-risk crystalline silica work outside of engineered stone across all industries, including the construction and earth resources industries

Businesses that work with materials that contain silica are expected to be fully compliant by 15 November 2022 when a licence will need to be obtained to undertake the processing of engineered stone.

However, by 15 May 2022, businesses will need to ensure that all high-risk silica work at the workplace has been identified, assessed and effectively controlled.  Businesses will also need to develop a formal Engineered Stone Control Plan to be eligible to apply for an engineered stone licence before the November deadline.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact our Advice Service Team on 1300 651 415 or email [email protected].

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