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Engineered Stone: What you need to knowheart

Understanding & Navigating Engineered Stone Changes

Engineered stone, a resilient material blending crushed stone with a resin binder, has been a staple in construction, known for its durability and aesthetic appeal. However, recent developments regarding silica dust and its potential health implications during production and installation have prompted changes in its usage.

Unveiling the Silica Composition: A Brief Insight

While engineered stone boasts remarkable qualities, it contains silica, a natural component that, when released as dust during certain processes, can pose health risks. The primary concern is silicosis, a lung disease that can result from prolonged exposure to silica dust during activities like cutting, drilling, and grinding.

What You Need to Know

Silicosis, while sounding intimidating, is a rare condition that arises from inhaling silica dust over an extended period. It's essential to note that once engineered stone is installed in your home, there is no risk of silica dust being released. The focus here is on the production and installation phases, primarily affecting those involved in these processes.

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Current Status and Future Transition

As of now, there is no immediate ban on the use of engineered stone. The Australian government has announced a transition set for July 1, 2024. Until this date, Hunter Homes is committed to following the guidelines provided by Safe Work Australia, ensuring that engineered stone is handled in a controlled manner according to Work Health and Safety (WHS) regulations.

Continuous Support for Your Project

For ongoing projects and those extending beyond the ban's commencement, rest assured that Hunter Homes is here to support you every step of the way. We understand that change can be daunting, but we're dedicated to making this transition as smooth as possible for our valued clients.

Understanding the impact on your project is crucial, and open communication is the key. We encourage you to engage with our team and your builder to discuss timelines, explore alternative products, address potential delays, and gain clarity on any associated costs.

Embracing Change with Confidence: What Lies Ahead

In preparation for the upcoming changes, it's essential to foster a positive outlook. While the ban signifies a shift in the materials used, it also opens doors to exciting alternatives. Our team is ready to guide you through this exploration, ensuring that your project reflects your vision and aligns with the evolving safety standards.

A Future Built on Safety and Innovation

The evolution of safety standards in construction materials is an ongoing process. As we embrace this change, Hunter Homes remains steadfast in our commitment to providing not only beautiful homes but also safe and healthy living spaces for our clients. Together, let's navigate this transition with confidence, turning a new leaf in construction innovation while keeping your dreams and safety at the forefront. If you have any concerns or questions, our friendly team is just a message or call away. 


  • Engineered stone contains silica, leading to health risks during production and installation.
  • Silicosis is a severe lung disease associated with prolonged exposure to silica dust.
  • No immediate ban; Safe Work Australia guidelines will be followed until July 1, 2024.
  • Hunter Homes commits to supporting ongoing projects and providing alternatives post-ban.
  • Discuss project specifics with your builder regarding timelines, alternatives, delays, and costs.
  • Contact our friendly team for any concerns or queries related to these changes.

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