Engineered stone will be banned in Australia in world-first decision
December 13, 2023 8:17 PM Subscribe
Engineered stone will be banned in Australia in world-first decision. Australia's workplace ministers have agreed to implement a national ban on engineered stone (composite material used for granite-look kitchen benchtops), because its use has led to a surge in silicosis cases (painful, disabling and fatal lung disease) among workers. Safe Work found that while silicosis cases could emerge in several industries, the numbers were disproportionate among engineered stone workers. Engineered stone workers also suffered a faster disease progression and were more likely to die from it, the report said. The majority of engineered stone workers diagnosed with silicosis were under 35.
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