Overview

WorkSafe Victoria (WorkSafe), on behalf of the Victorian Government, is proposing to strengthen the regulatory regime to better protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica by developing long-term crystalline silica regulations.

The proposed Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Crystalline Silica) Regulations 2021 (proposed Regulations) aim to improve risk assessment and information relating to the control measures for reducing exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust.

It will also maintain a ban on uncontrolled dry-cutting of engineered stone and retains the ban on dry cutting of engineered stone only, and includes a licensing system for workplaces that use engineered stone.

As part of this review, Deloitte Access Economics (Deloitte) was engaged by the Victorian Government to develop a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) to provide an independent assessment of the proposed Regulations.

The RIS sets out the objectives of the proposed Regulations, explains their effect and assesses the nature and scope of the problem that the proposed Regulations seek to address.

Public comment

Public comment is now closed.

The proposed Regulations and associated Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) were released for public comment on 22 January 2021.

A copy of the proposed Regulations and RIS can be downloaded from the Document Library below, along with a summary of the proposed Regulations.

Copies of the proposed Regulations and RIS can also be found at any WorkSafe Victoria office in the reception area. A list of WorkSafe offices can be found on the WorkSafe website.

Employers, employees, interested individuals and members of the public were invited to provide their comments by close of business on Thursday 18 February 2021.

Please note, all submissions will be treated as public documents and will appear online unless clearly identified as being confidential.


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Your name and contact details are collected by WorkSafe for the purpose of identifying and responding to your comments or submission on the proposed Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Crystalline Silica) Regulations 2021 (Proposed Regulations) and associated Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS). Your feedback will be considered and applied to the proposed Regulations and RIS where appropriate.

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