Monthly - Silica

Monthly - Silica

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As construction workers, we are often exposed to silica more than we realize. This month's safety meeting will focus on understanding silica exposure, how to mitigate its risks, and the necessary safety legislation requirements to ensure compliance with Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations.

What is Silica Exposure?

Silica is a mineral found in materials commonly used in construction, such as concrete, brick, and stone. When these materials are cut, ground, or drilled, they release fine silica dust particles into the air. Inhaling these particles can lead to serious health issues, including silicosis, lung cancer, and other respiratory diseases.

Why This Meeting is Essential:

  • Raise Awareness: Educate employees on the prevalence and dangers of silica exposure in construction work.
  • Health Protection: Provide essential information on how to protect oneself from the harmful effects of silica dust.
  • Compliance: Ensure that all safety measures meet the requirements of OHS legislation, avoiding legal repercussions and promoting a safer work environment.