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Understanding the Dangers of Silica Dust

Read up on the facts, the risks and how to protect yourself against Silica dust with our comprehensive whitepaper

The Cancer Council estimates that 587,000 Australian workers were exposed to silica dust in 2011 – with 5,758 expected to develop cancer as a result. With Australian silicosis cases currently on the rise, these shocking figures are increasing.

Crystalline silica is a material found naturally in the earth’s crust. It is found in sand, stone, rocks, concrete, bricks and mortar. The dust from crystalline silica is generated during work operations that significantly disturb any of these materials, such as cutting, sawing, sanding and drilling. Silica dust particles are over 100 times smaller than a particle of beach sand, meaning you won’t even be aware of inhaling them. And due to their microscopic size, the body’s natural defences can’t stop them from penetrating deep into the lungs with potentially fatal consequences.

In this Whitepaper, you will learn:

  • - What silica dust is
  • - The sources of silica dust
  • - The terrible effects it can have on your health
  • - Silica WES (Workplace Exposure Standard)
  • - Employer responsibilites
  • - How to control silica dust on site


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