Silica exposure through the inhalation of very fine silica dust has been a well-known occupational hazard in mining for many years with workers coming across crystalline silica while excavating or tunnelling through quartz containing rock such as shale or sandstone.
There has been an emerging trend of new cases of accelerated silicosis in Australia but still no known treatment that can arrest the progression of the disease.
Under the Work Health and Safety Act (2011) companies or persons in charge of a business have the duty to manage the risks to health and safety for employees using, handling, generating and storing hazardous chemicals including silica.
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This story originally appears in Austalia's Mining Monthly.