Heat stress management in mining, a sector highly exposed to hot climate conditions and the threats of climate change, is benefitting from the use of advanced technologies. Experts from the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists discuss the development.
The Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) has announced the recipients of its first project grants after opening the program earlier this year.
While the focus for many has been on the reduction of dust exposure limits across Australia, experts from Australia’s leading professional association for occupational hygienists challenge the mining sector to shift its attention to the effectiveness of dust controls implemented in the workplace.
For many years the focus was on safety at mine sites with prevention of injuries and fatalities. Now there is growing awareness that long term health issues such as lung damage from dust has gone under the radar.