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Crystalline Silica Dust Reforms Introduced

The new Crystalline Silica regulations were approved and put into effect on November 15, 2021, and will be introduced in phases to provide duty holders enough time to prepared for the relevant changes to their duties and obligations. The second phase, commencement of “high risk crystalline silica work” reform, is set to commence on the 15 May 2022 and introduces new regulatory oversight of high risk crystalline silica work outside of engineered stone across all industries, including the construction and earth resources industries.

Crystalline silica dust is a hazardous substance which can lead to serious health effects if it is inhaled. When engineered stone products and/or material with high crystalline silica content (i.e., some forms of quartz, basalt, siltstone, and sandstone) are processed/excavated, for example by cutting, grinding with power tools and machinery, fine dust containing crystalline silica is released into the air. People working with these products, such as stonemasons and construction workers, are at high risk of being exposed to the dust if it is not controlled. Exposure can result in silicosis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, lung cancer, kidney damage and scleroderma.

High risk crystalline silica work is work that is reasonably likely to result in an airborne concentration of respirable crystalline silica that exceeds half the exposure standard; or a risk to the health of a person at the workplace. The current exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica dust is 0.05 mg/m3 as a time-weighted average (TWA) airborne concentration over 8 hours. However, WorkSafe Victoria recommends that employers take a precautionary approach and reduce employees’ exposure to below 0.02 mg/m3 as an 8-hour TWA to prevent silicosis and minimise the risk of lung cancer.

Work Safe for high risk crystalline silica work requires a “crystalline silica hazard control statement”, which is a document that outlines the following:

· stating the associated hazards and risks, and

· describes measures to control the risks, and how these will be implemented, and

· if an analysis is required (under r319O), contains its results, and

· is readily accessible and comprehensible to persons who use it.


To assess if a site is deemed high risk, the regulation requires that before undertaking such work an employer and/or self-employed persons undertakes a risk assessment to identify whether the process or combination of processes is high risk, or identify that it is high risk work.


The risk assessment must take into account:

· the specific tasks or processes;

· the form of crystalline silica to be used;

· the proportion of crystalline silica in the material;

· previous atmospheric monitoring results;

· the likely frequency and duration of exposure to crystalline silica dust;

· any information about incidents, illnesses or diseases associated with exposure to crystalline silica dust at the workplace.


For further information please refer to more information from Worksafe

Prepared by the ALDE Safety & Environment subcommitee.

Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 -Defining a Professional Engineering Service & Prescriptive Standards


If you provide a Professional Engineering Service, mandatory registration of Civil Engineers (including Land Development Engineers) is required by the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 from 1 October 2022. This means that if you are not registered with the Business Licencing Authority by this date, you will not be legally entitled to provide Professional Engineering Services in Victoria after that date.


A Professional Engineering Service is defined in section 3(1) of the Act as “an engineering service that requires, or is based on, the application of engineering principles and data –

• to a design relating to engineering, or

• to a construction, production, operation or maintenance activity relating to engineering other than an engineering service that is provided only in accordance with a “Prescriptive Standard;”.


A Prescriptive Standard must meet all of the criteria below:

· Provides a physical or electronic record of the procedures or criteria for the activity it covers

· Details and explains exactly how the procedures or criteria will apply to the activity it covers

· Requires little or no choice or engineering judgement to apply the procedures or criteria it sets out

· Does not require advanced scientifically based calculations to apply the stated procedures or criteria


The prescriptive standard exemption from registration applies if an engineering service is provided:

· in accordance with a prescriptive standard; and,

· only in accordance with that standard


Land Development Engineers, utilise many Prescriptive Standards in our day-to-day work. These may include the sizing of a private water supply main or drainage pipe in accordance with AS 3500; however, there are many instances where engineering judgement is required to tailor engineering solutions for our clients – for instance:

· preparation of a drainage management strategy,

· modelling and design of a stormwater network,

· preparation of water sensitive urban design,

· preparation of road, intersection, structural pavement, culvert, water or sewer main reticulation design


To illustrate what constitutes a Prescriptive Standard, let’s consider the use of the MRWA Standard drawings for a water main design for a residential subdivision and test these against the criteria in the Act.

ATTACHMENT DETAILS Table-Prescriptive-Standards-Victorian-Professional-Engineers-Registration

For completeness, it is noted that, where a professional engineering service/s deviates even slightly (ie: a dispensation is sought) from the process detailed in the prescriptive standard being used or includes engineering services being done outside that standard, the prescriptive standard exemption will not apply.


Having established that Land Development Engineers are required to be Registered Professional Engineers, ALDE will provide further details on the implications of the Professional Engineers Registration Act on our industry in the coming editions of the Conduit newsletter and through our website.


Discussion will include:

· How do you become registered?

· What is direct Supervision?

· Do you need to be a registered engineer to undertake sewer and water auditing?

· What implication will registration have on the industry (human resources, registration requirements, professional fees)

· Will Engineers working for Council’s and Authorities need to be registered?

· Consequences of malpractice


Further information on the Professional Engineers Registrations Act can be found at the Consumer Affairs website.

The first Leadership in Land Development Luncheon for 2022 was a great success. Held at the Langham Hotel in Southbank Melbourne, this was the first time we offered an in person and hybrid event.

Our fabulous speaker Rachel Lunn of Melbourne Water shared some invaluable insights on her journeys within the land development industry. The industry panel featuring Monica George of GHD Australia and Sarah Watkins from Melbourne Water/Stormwater Victoria was a crowd favourite for their candour and interesting perspectives. Suzi Finkelstein from Women & Leadership Australia/Australian School of Applied Management spoke to the challenges females face within STEMs and broader industries.

You can read a full write up of this event on our LinkedIn page

A big thank you to our Event Sponsors: Millar | MerriganBildUrban, &  The Civil & Surveying Institute 12d Solutions.

The next event in the series will be in May 2022 and the theme will be ‘transformation.’

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For the first time, ALDE will recognize engineering excellence in land development engineering with the inaugural ALDE Awards for excellence—it is the industry’s opportunity to recognise Engineering Excellence within land development engineering, amongst businesses and individuals. We have engaged the services of a production company with host Gavin Wood to bring this event in an engaging virtual format.

The ALDE Awards have been created with the purpose of:

  • Promoting the Land Development Industry
  • Promoting Consultant excellence
  • Promoting project and industry attributes and successes
  • Sharing knowledge, innovation & best practice
  • Providing networking opportunities

Businesses within the land development industry can see tangible benefits in:

  • Increased brand awareness and positioning in the industry
  • Positioning brand and products in the industry
  • Assisting with customer acquisition and retention
  • Providing opportunities for networking


The winners for 2021 are:




High Commendation: HARRISON SPURLING (Spiire)




High Commendation: SMEC



Winner: SPIIRE





High Commendation: BLUE FROG





Watch the livestream of the Awards Ceremony here 


For more details on the criteria refer to https://www.alde.com.au/awards/alde-excellence-awards/

The judges that assessed the entries were:

  • Maurice Stabb
  • Stephen Webb
  • John Chambers
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