Caesarstone is a founding member of the NSW Government Taskforce and the Queensland Government Code of Practice working group. Caesarstone continues to engage with Government Workcover agencies, unions, occupational physicians and the Thoracic Society, industry associations and State Health Departments, to ensure there is ongoing awareness of adequate safety standards and the importance of workplace monitoring.
Caesarstone will continue to actively promote and educate safe handling of our products by stonemasons by implementing the following plans moving forward:
- Further reviewing and communicating our Fabrication & Health Protection Guide
- Forming an industry advisory group to ensure the industry is working closely together on the issue
- Developing a dedicated stonemason information website, including safety videos, to enhance the communication with stonemasons
- Developing an occupational and medical referral list for customers
- Providing customers with Government regulations and guidelines (Federally and for each State)
- Increasing and improving customer communications via regular EDMs
- Conducting further training sessions to stonemasons about health & safety procedures
- Creating extra safety signage for customer work sites
State Governments have expressed a desire to develop a code of practice for industry and regulations that explicitly prohibit uncontrolled dry cutting of engineered stone and we are actively involved in providing input on that proposal. We welcome these initiatives and note that Caesarstone’s own recommended safety standards have long urged stonemasons to use wet-cutting and proper respiratory protection.