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Silicosis. The New Asbestos Health Crisis

An article regarding silicosis which is looking like the asbestos disaster all over gain.

The advice that “Sixteen infringement notices have also been issued, with fines totalling $54,000.” is a joke. A whole $3,375 each.

And hopefully the headline that "Silicosis advocates worried new industry code is a ‘toothless tiger’ " proves to be incorrect as we already have the ACCC, ASIC & ARPA.

And they claim that tigers are endangered.

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Toothless ones are definitely on the rise I think!

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I worry a little about silicosis myself, due to breathing in (but trying not to!) thick clouds of gravel road dust from all the cars that speed past without slowing down. I’ve tried a mask, but it just isn’t practical when breathing heavily. I’ve started riding on the upwind side of the road almost all the time, and if there isn’t much wind, get as far off the road as possible, which also offers escape from flying rocks.
I doubt the new toothless tiger is going to do me any good either!

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I worked on the surface of a hard rock mine (ie high silica content rather than coal dust). During my years there the dust I encountered from crushing, spray drift of particulates from concentration of ores, cycloning fill for void filling, large amounts of particulates in the air, & cement dust always made me very aware to wear a mask, but often times I would forget to don one for a little while when troubles sprang up and my sputum could look more like black tar. Underground miners there at the time actually had a campaign about silicosis but I don’t know how far it went.

The other more general term that covers silicosis and a few others is Pneumoconiosis. Cotton can cause a form of the disease as can talc, aluminium oxide, & beryllium among a few others.

Also see

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The risks arising from silica dust have been long known and well understood for many decades. Industries such as underground coal mining, the manufacture of products used in concrete/mortars/grouts etc and underground hard rock mining have regulated exposure to silica dusts.

Irrespective of how well the risks have been managed in those examples, there appears to be no justification or excuse for any other industries/occupations to have ignored the risks.

P.S.
How long back does industrial knowledge of silicosis date?
10yrs, 20yrs, 50yrs, 100yrs.
One answer is in the following.

https://oem.bmj.com/content/oemed/9/3/208.full.pdf

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An article regarding silicosis and a Canberra business being proactive in protecting their staff.

A call for engineered stone products to be banned.

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In 2019 we changed our kitchen renovation plans from engineered stone bench top to Corian because of my concern about silicosis in the workers. I couldn’t find any information about health concerns with the manufacture of Corian. I hope their aren’t any but would be interested to know if there are.

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The mineral in Corian is bauxite which does not give the same problems with dust inhalation as silica. Of course inhaling any kind of dust for a long period is not good for you but life is evaluation of risks daily.

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