March 2019 | Victorian Government pushes for tougher workplace rules to stop silicosis

Date: 25 March 2019

Source: ABC

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.