- Silicosis is a lung condition likened to asbestosis that is causing concern among Australians.
- Due to the dangers associated with silicosis, there are growing calls to ban the use of man-made stones found to be lined with silica.
- Here’s what we currently know about silicosis, its dangers, and whether you’re at risk for the disease.
Here’s what you need to know about silicosis and its dangers.
What is silicosis and artificial stone?
Where dust inhalation becomes dangerous is when cutting stone. Workers must cut stones while wet and wear protective gear to avoid inhaling dust. However, these protections are not always in place.
“Asbestos in the 2020s”
“Here in Australia, we want to eradicate this product,” union official Zach Smith told reporters in Melbourne on Monday.
One of them is Joanna McNeill, a manager and mother of two.
“I don’t know what my future holds, so I want to be there for them.”
Why are the numbers increasing?
Exposures from tunneling and road construction may also contribute, with resurgence of cases also occurring in the mining industry.
What are the symptoms to watch out for?
Some symptoms that people should look out for are:
- difficulty breathing
- dry or productive (sputum) cough
- chest pain
- weight loss
What regulations are in place to protect workers?
“Don’t let my death or their death be in vain, let’s change it for the better.”
Queensland has the strictest regulations for working with artificial stone, prohibiting the dry cutting, grinding or polishing of the product.
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