SafeWork SA conducted a two-stage proactive compliance audit campaign for Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) exposure risks and controls from February to May 2019.
The first stage focused on 26 businesses involved in fabrication and installation of engineered stone products.
The second stage of audits looked at 12 businesses in the construction industry with the potential for high level RCS exposure.
Working with silica
SafeWork SA remind businesses to consider how to manage RCS exposures in the workplace.
Silicosis is an incurable disease, causing scarring, swelling and fluid build-up in the lungs – once silicosis develops, the damage is permanent.
The disease is linked to breathing dust containing crystalline silica (silica dust) which is generated when cutting, sanding or grinding silica-containing materials such as engineered stone benchtops.
Read to learn more about respirable crystalline silica and working with silica and silica containing products Workers who believe they may have been exposed to silica dust are encouraged to consult a doctor and request an assessment at a Thoracic Clinic.
Workers who have been diagnosed with silicosis should contact ReturnToWorkSA on 8233 2545 or email silicosis [at] rtwsa.com to start a claim and access the free counselling service.