Date: 25 March 2019
The Victorian Government is pushing to adopt one of the strictest workplace standards in the world to prevent silicosis.
Silicosis is a potentially fatal and irreversible lung disease caused by breathing in minute dust particles.
Miners, construction and quarry workers were traditionally prone to the disease before changes in these industries, but a new generation of stone benchtop fabrication workers were now at risk.
And there are fears health authorities and governments could have an epidemic on their hands.