We're calling on Safe Work Australia to update its Australian Standard for silica exposure, which was written in the 1970s and is incredibly outdated. We need to let them know that we won't stand by and let more workers be exposed to this horrendous substance.
The first sign of industrial tragedy is not always sirens and flashing lights. For many, it’s as simple as a shortness of breath while walking up the stairs.
Australia is still living with the spectre of asbestos and its associated diseases, but now a new threat is rising. We’ve always known about the dangers of silica, and much like black lung for coal miners, we thought was largely a thing of the past. But, like black lung, it’s coming back and that’s something to be very worried about.
Young tradies, as young as their mid-twenties, are being told they have a disease for which there is no cure. Construction workers and stonemasons are unwittingly sacrificing their lungs so that people can have the polished stone benchtop they saw on The Block.
With your help we can put an end to needless loss of life in the workplace. Will you sign Greg's petition?
Luke and the OHS Team
P.S. You can read more about the dangers of silica in the workplace on our WEBSITE.