Compliance code for Managing exposure to crystalline silica: Engineered stone

Practical guidance on how to comply with your duties and obligations under Victoria’s occupational health and safety legislation in relation to exposure to crystalline silica dust, as a result of working with engineered stone.

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Published: 24 Oct 2022
 
File type: PDF
 
File size: 6.93 MB
 
Length: 68 pages
 
Reading level: Medium

What it contains

The code builds on the 2020 code, but has been updated to include:;

  • Specific controls that must be used by employers and self-employed persons when undertaking a process involving engineered stone at a workplace that generates crystalline silica dust, including cutting, grinding or abrasive polishing of engineered stone.
  • Duties on manufacturers and suppliers to provide information to persons to whom crystalline silica substances are supplied.
  • Who is required to obtain an engineered stone licence.
  • Duties applying to engineered stone licence holders, and
  • Duties on suppliers.

The code also contains revised information regarding risk controls where necessary.

While the guidance provided in the code is not mandatory, a duty holder who complies with the code will – to the extent it deals with their duties or obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 – be considered to have complied with those duties or obligations.

Further information on employee representation under Part 7 of the OHS Act:

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