Silica Dust a Cancer Risk to Tradespeople


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: