June 18, 2020
Exposure to silica
Occupational exposures can occur where dust is generated and inhaled from materials such as sand, concrete, bricks, tiles, sandstone and other stone.
If you or your workers work with products that contain crystalline silica it is vital to seek and take note of the safety recommendations of the manufacturer of the product. It is extremely important to be aware of the potential for exposure to airborne dust and what to do to ensure workers are adequately protected.
The current WES in Queensland, as of 1 July 2020 is 0.05 mg/m3. The exposure standard applies to all construction products containing silica, and affects activities such as cutting, drilling and grinding these products. Airborne concentration of RCS must not be exceeded under the workplace exposure standard. Find more information on the Worksafe QLD website and enter “silica” in the search box.
Learn more about silica and how to work with products containing silica by watching the HIA Silicosis Awareness webinar.