Safety Alert Issued Stating that Dry Cutting of Engineered Stone is Prohibited
Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace MP has issued an urgent safety warning stating that dry cutting of engineered stone is prohibited.
“Any employer engaging in dry cutting of this product must stop immediately,” Ms Grace said.
“Enforcement action will be taken against any employer who fails to adequately to protect its workers.”
“Due to the high levels of silica in engineered stone which can be breathed in as dust when cut dry, it is absolutely paramount that this warning is taken seriously.”
“Silicosis is an aggressive form of pneumoconiosis – a debilitating respiratory disease – which can be fatal.”
“The Government has released an industry safety alert and comprehensive guide for industry.”
The Minister noted that WorkCover Queensland will fund the immediate health screening for workers, or former workers, who have been exposed to silica from engineered stone over an extended period of time.
The Minister indicated that the Government was working towards the development of the necessary regulations to prohibit dry cutting of stone, along with a Code of Practice for the Queensland industry, which will be finalised as soon as possible.
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