Compliance code: Managing exposure to crystalline silica – engineered stone

This compliance code provides practical guidance on how to comply with your obligations under Victoria's occupational health and safety legislation when you manufacture, supply or work with engineered stone.
Last updated

Nov 2021

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PDF, 5.89 MB

Document length

56 pages

Please note

The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Crystalline Silica) Regulations 2021 (Crystalline Silica Regulations) came into effect on 15 November 2021.

This Compliance Code has not yet been updated to reference, or reflect any changes introduced by, the Crystalline Silica Regulations. Complying with the guidance after 15 November 2021 may not necessarily mean compliance with a duty under the Crystalline Silica Regulations.

Information reflecting changes introduced by the Crystalline Silica Regulations relating to engineered stone can be found at:

What it contains

If your work involves making, supplying or modifying engineered stone, there are specific duties and obligations you need to comply with under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations). This compliance code gives you practical guidance on how to comply with those duties and obligations.

The information in this compliance code is particularly relevant if you are an employer or self-employed person who works with engineered stone, or a manufacturer, importer or supplier of engineered stone. It is also relevant for employees and health and safety representatives who work with engineered stone.

It includes information on:

  • what crystalline silica is
  • the health risks of working with engineered stone
  • which duties apply to working with engineered stone
  • duties for manufacturers, importing suppliers and suppliers of engineered stone
  • the respirable crystalline silica exposure standard
  • air monitoring requirements
  • the prohibition on the uncontrolled dry cutting of engineered stone
  • how to control the risk of exposure to respirable crystalline silica
  • respiratory protective equipment
  • clean up and decontamination
  • when health monitoring is required and what it involves.