Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust – does this affect you and your employees?
On 31st October, Queensland will introduce Australia’s first Code of Practice for the stone bench-top industry.
Managing respirable crystalline silica dust exposure in the stone bench-top industry code of practice 2019, applies to all fabrication or processing, including during installation, maintenance and removal, of engineered and natural stone bench-tops.
It sets minimum and enforceable standards to ensure silica dust is managed safely and workers are protected.
The Code focuses on:
• dust control methods to eliminate respirable crystalline silica dust during
mechanical processing, including water suppression and on tool dust
• the use of appropriate respirable protective equipment to safeguard workers
• air and health monitoring to check dust controls are effective and there are no
changes to workers’ health
• safe onsite installation methods, including installation in homes
• worker consultation, as well as training, education, instruction and supervision
Workplace Health & Safety Qld have indicated that Compliance Audits will be conducted in 2020.
Bramwell Partners are experienced workplace health & safety consultant supporting businesses in the construction sector. We are able to support you in the implementation of your processes as well as ongoing support to ensure your compliance is maintained.