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 products.

It will help persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to understand and make decisions about protecting their workers from exposure to silica dust.

The guide for Working with silica and silica containing products is now available in:

These languages were chosen as PCBUs from non-English speaking backgrounds are common in workplaces that use silica containing products, with Vietnamese, Chinese and Greek the primary languages spoken.

See more information about crystalline silica and silicosis, including what it is, what work activities generate silica dust and how to reduce the dust, and the WorkSafe Health Surveillance required to ensure your workers are safe.