Safety alert – Silica dust & silicosis
Workplace exposure standards of silica dust are again under review, and this time it’s heading towards zero. …” there is no safe level of exposure to silica dust.”
The ABC News has reported: Risky, silicosis-causing stone product must be banned, construction union tells government
“This product is killing workers and the reality is Australian workers will keep dying unless we ban engineered stone,” said incoming CFMEU national secretary Zach Smith.
Read more from the ABC News:
Back in September 2020 we posted this article below:
What is Silica dust?
Silica dust is generated in workplace mechanical processes such as crushing, cutting, drilling, grinding, sawing or polishing stone or man-made products that contain silica. The dust particles that are created are so small that they are not visible. These are called respirable particles. Respirable silica dust particles are small enough to penetrate deep into the lungs and can cause irreversible lung damage.