Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has approved Queensland’s new Managing respirable crystalline silica dust exposure in construction and manufacturing of construction elements Code of Practice 2022 (PDF, 1.71 MB)
The new Code is Australia’s first silica dust code of practice for the construction industry and will commence in Queensland on 1 May 2023. It applies to all construction work as well as the manufacturing of materials such as bricks, blocks, tiles, mortar and concrete.
Original posted by The Queensland Government – Updated May 2023
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587,000 Australian workers were exposed to Respirable Crystalline Silica in the workplace in 2011, and 5,758 of them will develop lung cancer as a result of that exposure over the course of their life. The estimated number of workers who will develop lung cancer as a result of that exposure each year is 230. There is currently no cure for silicosis.