Engineered Stone Licence deadline looming


New Engineered Stone Licensing Requirements


If your business cuts, grinds, or abrasively polishes engineered stone and is yet to apply for the new Engineered Stone Licence – you are running out of time to apply.


From 15 November 2022, penalties will apply to employers and self employed persons that continue to work with engineered stone without a licence.

The new Engineered Stone licensing scheme was announced in November 2021 and is another measure that has been put in place to protect people working with engineered stone from potentially deadly exposure to silica dust.



How to apply for an Engineered Stone Licence

Your application needs to be submitted through the WorkSafe website and must include:

  • A hazard control plan for working with engineered stone.

  • Details about the information, instruction and training provided to employees that covers the risks associated with working with engineered stone and the control measures in place in the workplace.

  • Information about the respiratory protection equipment used (Eg. P2 masks, air purifiers etc).

  • Operational information, including the number of employees who may be exposed.

  • Contact details of suppliers and manufacturers that you use, or plan to use, to source engineered stone.


Failure to comply with the licensing requirements

From 15 November 2022 onwards, employers and self employed people that fail to comply with the licensing requirements face infringements or court-imposed fines of:

  • 6 to 500 penalty units (up to $90,870) for employers,

  • 1.2 to 100 penalty units (up to $18,174) for individuals.

Engineered stone manufacturers and wholesalers will only be allowed to supply to engineered stone licence holders and will be required to keep records.

You can find more detailed information about the licensing scheme and apply for a licence on the WorkSafe Victoria website.



If you need help applying for an Engineered Stone Licence, our team can help – just contact us now.


We have extensive experience developing and implementing hazard control plans and employee training and instruction programs for businesses that work with engineered stone.