Managing respirable crystalline silica dust exposure in construction and manufacturing of construction elements - Queensland


You will need to comply with this code if you are involved in construction work and the manufacture of construction elements when it involves both:

  • the use of materials that contain 1 per cent or more crystalline silica
  • tasks that generate dust containing respirable crystalline silica (RCS), or more RCS airborne.

Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in many building materials, such as:

  • bricks, blocks, pavers, tiles and mortar
  • concrete and cement, including products such as fibre-cement sheeting and autoclaved-aerated concrete
  • most rocks, sands, and clays.

Tasks such as cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling, polishing, scabbling or crushing materials that contain crystalline silica can generate RCS.

Service type

Code of Practice

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Administering agency

Office of Industrial Relations

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

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