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Date PostedNovember 18, 2017

Silica Dust a Cancer Risk to Tradespeople

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The Cancer Council Australia has warned that over half a million Australians are at risk of getting cancer from silica dust exposure at work, particularly workers on farms, in mines and in construction and demolition jobs.

These people are exposed to silica dust which has been linked to 230 cases of lung cancer every year.

The Cancer Council warns that silica dust is surprisingly common, and is found in rock, gravel, clay, tiles, bricks, concrete and even some plastic and once inhaled can lead to lung cancer.

Employers and workers must ensure they have adequate ventilation and use the necessary personal respiratory equipment when involved in activities that generate silica dust or release silica into the air.

Even people doing their own home renovations should be aware of the risks.  Source: https://sourceable.net/tradies-at-risk-of-cancer-from-silica-dust/

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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