Exposure risks highlighted
Airborne contaminants are generated during mining activities and can be a risk to health if not properly managed.
The Resources Regulator has developed information for industry including a fact sheet and a guide to developing an airborne contaminants principal hazard management plan and also a safety information booklet about exposure to dust generated by mining and quarrying activities.
SafeWork NSW has recently developed more informative materials including a general fact sheet and a technical fact sheet, as well as a Safety Alert video on how to work safely with crystalline silica. Crystalline silica (quartz) is a naturally occurring mineral found in most rocks, stone, sand and clay. It is also found in bricks, concrete, tile and manufactured stone. According to SafeWork NSW, a priority list of 100 chemicals based on national and international research has been developed, in which crystalline silica ranked the second highest priority.
View SafeWork NSW's Safety Alert video below: