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Australia is the first country to ban engineered stone

Australia has taken a groundbreaking step, becoming the world's first country to ban engineered stone due to the escalating cases of silicosis among workers handling this material.

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The decision to ban engineered stone, set to take effect nationwide from July 1, 2024, follows the increased incidence of silicosis, a lung disease, notably among stonemasons working with this material. Engineered stone, also called agglomerated stone, involves a mix of crushed stone and resin binder and is popular for its durability and cost-effectiveness, particularly in kitchens. However, its cutting process releases fine silica dust, posing severe health risks.

The ban aims to safeguard workers from the potentially fatal silicosis disease associated with engineered stone. Discussions are ongoing to refine details of the ban, allowing exemptions for certain materials if compelling evidence demonstrates their safe use.


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