The prohibition on crystalline silica for abrasive blasting

Why there is a ban on using crystalline silica for abrasive blasting and what you can use instead.

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Jun 2017

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Crystalline silica is found in almost all types of rocks, sand, clay and gravel. Breathing in crystalline silica dust over time can scar people’s lungs and cause lung cancer. Using materials that contain more than 1 percent of crystalline silica has been banned in all Victorian workplaces. This document explains:

  • how WorkSafe regulates the use of crystalline silica under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations)
  • what else workplaces can use for abrasive blasting