The latest Australian Work Exposure Study (AWES) has been released by Safe Work Australia, evaluating the likelihood of worker’ exposure to 38 carcinogens in the workplace.

The most common carcinogens, or cancer causing substances in the construction workplace are asbestos and silica dust however the list is not limited to these two, wood dust, second-hand tobacco smoke and diesel engine exhaust.

The reports used data from the Australian Work Exposure Study, which surveyed 5,528 respondents about workplace activities and controls.

Researchers found that the use of controls could be improved by taking further preventative measure specific to each industry including the construction sector.


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