Major retailers join Queensland’s engineered stone campaign
Published Wednesday, 15 November, 2023 at 12:20 PM
Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing
The Honourable Grace Grace
- Bunnings and IKEA announce phasing out of engineered stone benchtop sales
- The move follows Queensland’s longstanding campaign to ban the product
- Queensland has led the way forging a national consensus to address the issue
- Working with engineered stone can cause serious health conditions, including silicosis
Major retailers including Bunnings and IKEA are joining Queensland’s campaign on engineered stone, announcing plans to phase out sales of the dangerous product.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has welcomed the major retailers’ strong leadership in addressing an issue which Queensland first put on the national agenda in 2018.
Quotes attributable to Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace:
“All workers have a right to turn up to a safe and healthy workplace which is why Queensland has long been calling for a ban on engineered stone.
“This is a dangerous product that’s known to cause the potentially fatal disease silicosis, and it has no place in our workplaces.
“Major retailers are starting to vote with their feet and it’s encouraging to see them joining Queensland’s campaign on engineered stone.
“We hope to see other suppliers following the example set by these major retailers because there is nothing more important than protecting workers on the job.
“Queensland will continue to advocate for a ban on engineered stone and we will work with all jurisdictions, including the Commonwealth, to achieve this.”
Queensland’s action on engineered stone:
- Audited all known engineered stone benchtop fabricators
- Screened over 1,000 workers
- Implemented Australia’s first code of practice for the engineered stone industry in 2019
- Implemented Australia’s first code of practice for silica in the construction industry on 1 May this year.
- Established Australia’s first Dust Lung Disease register
- Allocated $5 million for dust lung research
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