The Queensland Government has invested $5 million into researching and providing treatment for lung diseases common with mine workers.
Western Australia has changed its regulations for diagnosing respirable crystalline silica, requiring employers to provide workers with a computed tomography scan instead of the conventional chest X-ray.
Queensland and New South Wales have introduced new initiatives to reduce silicosis cases in the states.
RST operations and technical director David Handel explains how mining can tackle the silicosis crisis with effective and cost-efficient dust management solutions.
Queensland is committed to matching Safe Work Australia’s recommended standards for dust exposure, due for release before the year ends.
WorkCover Queensland has engaged Monash University and the University of Illinois to research best practices that support workers diagnosed with silicosis.
Safe Work Australia is expected to recommend that the regulated occupational exposure limits for respirable dust be slashed.
Dust particles may be small, but they can cause big problems for the health and safety of workers at mines, quarries, landfills, ports, and in construction and demolition. Engineering controls and education are needed to make sure workers stay safe.
The Morrison Government is set to invest $5 million in response to the increasing cases of accelerated silicosis ahead of the federal election.