Petition is successful with 10,118 signatures
To: Safe Work Australia
Implement a safe silica standard!
What a campaign!
In 2018, workers who had suffered from silica exposure started lobbying for safer practices in the industry. It was a slow, step by step process, but the changes have been massive.
In 2019 Victorian Trades Hall Council lodged a submission, supported by this petition, to review the working standards around engineered stone. We initially won a reduction in the allowable concentration of silica in workplaces.
Since then, as we learned more about the deadly effect of engineered stone cutting, unions including the CFMEU called for a BAN on the production, importation and use of engineered stone.
In 2023, big players like Bunnings and IKEA agreed to bring an end to the use of deadly engineered stone in Australia
Finally, on 13 December 2023, WHS ministers representing the Commonwealth, states and territories agreed to Safe Work Australia’s recommendation to prohibit the use of engineered stone to protect thousands of workers from respirable crystalline silica (silica dust).