Study to safeguard lung health

The Queensland Government and the University of Western Sydney has embarked on a joint investigation into the effects of silica dust on miners.

The Queensland Government and the University of Western Sydney has embarked on a joint investigation into the effects of silica dust on miners.

The joint research project could lead to improvements in the lung health of miners in the State, according to Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson.

Silica dust can cause acute silicosis, a slow-developing, lung disease.

“The study will determine how silica dust is being controlled on work sites and what further improvements can be made,” he said.

Wilson said the Queensland Mines Inspectorate had sent a questionnaire to industry in a bid to identify activities where workers may be exposed to silica dust.

Around 30 sites will be selected to take part in the study.

“It’s hoped the research results will identify ways to improve dust control and deliver benchmarks for best practice in the workplace,” he said.

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