Heritage Stoneworks is conducting the first of several Industry Forums to raise awareness about the risks and management of Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) in the workplace.
Workers who inhale RCS - tiny crystalline silica particles - through their work cutting and grinding stone are particularly at risk of developing the debilitating and often fatal lung disease, Silicosis.
This one-day event will provide delegates with an opportunity to hear about how to best manage and control airborne contaminants on work sites to create a safer workplace.
Silicosis: Heritage Stoneworks’ Experience
Following hazardous air quality results recorded at Heritage Stoneworks in 2016, the organisation dramatically changed its work practices to mitigate the risk of Respirable Crystalline Silica.
While workers have always been issued with dust masks, the environment in which they worked was found to exceed Workplace Exposure Standards.
The banning of dry cutting and grinding both on and off-site, the introduction of new wet cutting tools, improvements to the dust extraction systems and improved worker and workplace hygiene have all led to significant progress in managing the risks around Silicosis.
Targeting industry contractors, suppliers, and staff, the Forums will feature talks conducted by workplace safety specialists from SafeWork NSW and the private sector.
- When: 16 November 2018
- Where: Sydney Cricket Ground
- Register: Trybooking.com