Feedback needed – Managing the risks of respirable crystalline silica

Safe Work Australia is calling for public submissions on its Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS) on managing the risk of respirable crystalline silica (silica dust) at work. Consultation is now open. 

Exposure to silica dust occurs in a variety of workplace settings in Australia with processing of silica-containing materials such as engineered stone, natural stone, and concrete. Silica dust is generated through processes such as cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling, and crushing of silica-containing materials.

Workplace exposure to silica dust has led to an increase in the number of cases of silicosis and other silica-related illnesses in Australia.

You are invited to comment on the options outlined in this CRIS. The consultation process is open until 15 August 2022, with the objective of gathering additional information on the design and impact of the proposed options. In addition, there are several targeted consultation questions to consider when making a submission. There is no obligation to answer any or all of the consultation questions, and there is no limit to the length of submissions.

Consultation details

SWA would like to hear from persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs), work health and safety professionals, government agencies, industry and peak bodies, employer and worker representatives, and other parties interested in managing the risks of respirable crystalline silica at work.

Submissions can be made through our consultation page until 11.59 pm (AEST) on Monday 15 August 2022.

Your views and supporting evidence will be used to inform development of a decision regulation impact statement which will be provided to WHS ministers to assist them to decide the course of action to be taken to reduce workplace exposure to silica dust.

You can subscribe to the occupational lung diseases mailing list to stay informed about the progress of the consultation.

Please contact if you have any questions about the consultation.

For more resources about silica, visit our crystalline silica and silicosis web page.

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