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Ban on Engineered Stone: Protecting Workers’ Health

Effective 1 July, 2024

Work Health and Safety Ministers have unanimously agreed to amend the model work health and safety (WHS) laws, implementing a ban on engineered stone, effective 1 July, 2024.

Deeming the risks associated with engineered stone unacceptable, Queensland will not adopt a transitional period for the ban. The ban means that from 1 July, work with engineered stone in the manufacturing, supply, processing, and installation of benchtops, panels and slabs must cease even if contracts were entered into prior to the ban date.

The ban extends to the manufacturing, supply, processing, and installation of engineered stone benchtops, panels, and slabs.

Legacy engineered stone

Work with legacy engineered stone (installed before 1 July, 2024) will be permitted, subject to compliance with a national framework under the model WHS laws. Businesses intending to work with legacy engineered stone must notify WHS regulators accordingly, with failure to do so constituting an offence.

Pre-ban recommendations

Prior to 1 July, 2024, workers and businesses are encouraged to continue working with engineered stone in controlled environments, adhering to Queensland's approved code of practice for stone benchtops containing respirable crystalline silica.

Support and guidance

Businesses are urged to explore alternative products and consult Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) advice pages, featuring FAQs on respirable crystalline silica and workplace management.


Exemptions from the ban include porcelain and sintered stone products without resin. Additionally, finished engineered stone products such as jewellery, garden ornaments, sculptures, and kitchen sinks are exempt due to minimal processing.


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