Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) – or silica dust – is a known carcinogen; long term exposure can lead to serious health problems including lung cancer, silicosis and kidney disease. Workplaces can pose a significant exposure risk, especially in industries such as mining, construction and manufacturing.
While Safe Work Australia sets an exposure standard for RCS of 0.1 mg/m3, there is no evidence to support any safe level of silica dust exposure.
One way to minimise risk to both your workers and your business is assessing exposure to RCS in real time. We supply a range of TSI products that can help you do this, including:
- TSI AM520 SidePak™ Personal Monitors
- TSI DustTrak™ Aerosol Monitors
- TSI PortaCount™ Respirator Fit Testers
Keep reading for more information on the dangers of RCS and how these products can help, or get in touch with our team to find a real-time monitoring solution that best fits your needs.
What is RCS?
Crystalline Silica (SiO2) is found in some stone, rock, sand, gravel and clay, with the most common form being quartz. When these materials are worked on, silica is released as a fine dust known as respirable crystalline silica or silica dust, typically 100 times smaller than a grain of sand, less than 4 microns. Exposure to silica dust can lead to the development of lung cancer, silicosis, kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Why real-time monitoring?
The ability to monitor concentrations of airborne contaminants in real time means that workers can be alerted immediately if there are unsafe levels, allowing them to leave the area or change the situation so that less of the contaminant is breathed in. We supply a range of TSI products that can be used together or in isolation to effectively monitor your workplace and meet your specific monitoring requirements.
Click below for further details about how these products can help, or download our brochure:
TSI AM520 SidePak™ Personal Monitor
Real-time monitoring of a worker breathing zone while they are performing their tasks. Programmable audible and visible alarms with long life battery.
TSI DustTrak™ Aerosol Monitors
Real-time indoor and outdoor monitoring of airborne contaminants including RCS. Applications from spot-checking to long-term monitoring.
TSI PortaCount™ Respirator Fit Testers
Real-time measurement of the fit of your respiratory protective equipment to minimise inhalation of silica dust. Test the fit and protect your workers.
RCS Monitoring Solutions Brochure
Real-time monitoring solutions to ensure adherence to exposure standards, minimizing risk to both your workers and business.