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Australia to be first country to ban engineered stone countertops

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Australia to be first country to ban engineered stone countertops

Worker health concerns prompt action.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | January 8, 2024
Image by Mike Gattorna from Pixabay - Australia to be first country to ban engineered stone countertops
Image by Mike Gattorna from Pixabay

In 2024, Australia will be the first country to ban engineered stone countertops.

The ban came after a years-long campaign supported by doctors, trade unions, and workers over concerns that the material was causing increased silicosis cases among workers cutting and handling it. 

Health experts, trade unions, and governments in other countries have taken note of the Australian ban and may follow suit by advocating for bans of the popular material.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions is working on the issue with its U.S. counterpart, the American Federation of Labor. 

The largest U.S. study on health impacts of engineered stone found silicosis caused the deaths of several stonemasons in California since the first case arose in Texas in 2015.

Between 2010 and 2018, fewer than five cases were reported each year in California. In 2022, the number of cases jumped to 20.

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