States need to nail down time frames on engineered stone ban: HIA

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“The Housing Industry Association (HIA) appreciates that state and territory Work, Health and Safety (WHS) Ministers have determined the next steps to move forward with the implementation of a ban on engineered stone”, Managing Director, Jocelyn Martin, said today.

“The issue of working with engineered stone is one HIA takes extremely seriously and is supportive of the need to minimise the potential exposure of workers to harmful levels of respirable crystalline silica (RCS), particularly when working with engineered stone.

“In December 2023 WHS Ministers agreed to ban the use, supply and manufacture of engineered stone from 1 July 2024, however, how this would be implemented was unclear.

“HIA is encouraged that the Ministers have come to an agreement and clearly defined what products can be specified, supplied, and used into homes in the short and medium term.

“While the meeting determined an indicative timeline for the ban, the specific time frame for its implementation will be left to the states to determine on an individual basis, which will continue to create industry uncertainty.

“HIA urges the various state and territory governments to determine a reasonable time frame that causes the least disruption and impact to both consumers and industry.

“These time frames need to ensure industry has adequate time to adapt and to make necessary adjustments to plans and manufacturing processes.

“It is critical now that state Governments provide a detailed industry transition and communications plan that addresses these matters as soon as possible,” concluded Ms Martin.

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