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Date PostedJuly 26, 2019

Engineering Controls And Education Needed To Make Sure Workers Stay Safe From Silica

Dust particles known as silica are a major concern to the construction and stonemason industries and cause serious health problems, including the fatal lung disease Silicosis.

Engineering controls and education are necessary to ensure workers health and safety.

Workplace exposure standards set out by Safe Work Australia state that exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) should not exceed 0.1 milligram per cubic metre over an eight-hour time-weighted average.

Silica dust is tiny, 100x smaller than a grain of sand, so most people don’t know they’re inhaling in when they do. It is the product of quartz and natural rocks as well as construction materials like cement, tiles and bricks.

It is crucial that protection is in place to ensure workers stay safe including breathing masks.

See more at https://safetowork.com.au/protecting-workers-from-respirable-dust-in-machinery-cabins-and-control-rooms/

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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