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SILICA SAFETY IN FOCUS WITH FREE EVENT IN QUEANBEYAN
People working with silica in regional centres including Queanbeyan, Tamworth, Ballina, Orange and Newcastle will have a chance to brush up on safety and attend SafeWork NSW’s Silica Roadshow – Unmasking those that don’t work safe.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the Silica Roadshow will come to Queanbeyan on October 16 as part of the workplace regulator reaching out to business owners and workers from the manufactured stone, sandstone stonemasonry, as well as tunnelling, mining and domestic construction industries.
“We want to ensure people are safe whilst they are at work. The Cancer Council is predicting one-in-100 workers with past exposure to silica dust without correct safety measures will develop a related illness,” Mr Barilaro said.
“When people cut, grind or drill products containing silica, the dust particles generated are small enough to be inhaled and cause illness or the lung disease silicosis.
“This disease is preventable with the correct safety measures in place which includes having adequate ventilation systems, installing dust capture systems on portable tools, wetting down the stone, providing personal protective equipment such as masks and respirators, and not using compressed air to remove or clean-up settled dust.
“Speakers at the roadshow will cover a number of topics on dust control measures, services available for health screening and air monitoring, as well as industry-specific case studies on achieving best practices.
“Businesses should also conduct regular air monitoring to confirm that crystalline silica dust is not exceeding the Australian Workplace Exposure Standard and provide health monitoring to workers.”
The Silica Roadshow – Unmasking those that don’t work safe will visit Orange on August 6; Liverpool on August 7, Ballina on August 28, Newcastle on September 3, Tamworth on September 4 and Queanbeyan on October 16.
To register for the Silica Roadshow – Unmasking those that don’t work safe which will be held at The Royal Hotel Queanbeyan, please visit www.safework.nsw.gov.au.