This week, Safe Work Australia have released translated guides for safe working with silica and silica containing products. Working with natural and engineered stone, asphalt, concrete, bricks or pavers can expose workers to silica dust. The Working with Silica guide provides information about reducing exposure to silica dust when working with silica and silica containing…

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Silica health surveillance for any worker exposed to silica dust at work is a minimum requirement for employers. This has been reiterated by WorkSafe WA this week when announcing their latest inspection program looking at safety and health in stone bench top fabricators. Onsite health assessments Work Health Professionals will help you manage your WorkSafe…

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The Cancer Council says approximately 587,000 Australian workers were exposed to silica dust while on the job in 2011. Of these, 5,758 are estimated to develop lung cancer in the future as a result of that exposure. Silica dust is harmful when inhaled into your lungs. As it is 100 times smaller than a grain of sand,…

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What is silicosis? Silicosis is a group of work-related lung diseases caused by exposure to silica dust. Silica is contained in construction materials such as concrete, bricks, tiles, sandstone and granite. When those materials are drilled, cut or crushed, tiny particles of silica are released into the air. These particles can be so fine you may not know…

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“Silica dust is the new asbestos” and “silica dust is more dangerous than coalmine dust”. This is what has been recently reported in the Australasian Mine Safety Journal, where they reveal the increasing number of Australian tradies who are being struck down by silicosis. Silicosis is lung fibrosis – an irreversible scarring and stiffening of…

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A survey regarding workplace chemical exposure standards is being conducted by Safe Work Australia. The current list of 644 workplace exposure standards is intended to protect Australian workers from potentially harmful levels of airborne chemicals and substances. Safe Work Australia currently is exploring options to revise and update the list. It has engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PwC) to assist…

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There is a new warning on silica dust exposure this week. The Cancer Council is urging Australians to be more aware of cancer risks in the workplace, after new estimates suggest over 230 lung cancer cases are caused by silica dust exposure. 60 000 Australian workers are exposed to silica dust in the workplace, including miners,…

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