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Builders respond to engineered stone prohibition


Master Builders, alongside Government, WorkSafe regulators and unions, is committed to ensuring workplaces in the building and construction industry are safe.

“Silica-related diseases are preventable and must be comprehensively addressed in industries where there is a high risk of accelerated silicosis and other occupational lung diseases,” said Master Builders Australia CEO Denita Wawn.

“However, the uncertainty that industry and consumers have been experiencing since the decision to prohibit engineered stone was made last year could have been avoided if Governments had followed best practices and announced transition and implementation arrangements back then.

“Builders remain frustrated with the inadequate transition timeframes, especially in some states, leaving businesses and consumers exposed.

“It is critical for states and territories to take a nationally consistent, risk-managed approach to work, health and safety laws. Diversion away from this creates confusion and complexity and compromises safety outcomes.

“There needs to be a greater commitment by WHS Regulators across the country to take a consistent approach to education and enforcement so that businesses clearly understand their obligations, as well as how to mitigate against silica-related risks most appropriately.

“There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to get this right, and Master Builders will continue to work closely with Minister Burke and Safe Work Australia.

“We welcome a review of the prohibition by July 2025 to ensure it is working effectively and there are no unintended consequences,” Ms Wawn said.

Media contact: Dee Zegarac, National Director, Media & Public Affairs
0400 493 071 |

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