WorkSafe inspectors to visit construction sites
WorkSafe inspectors will be visiting construction sites to ensure duty holders are aware of the new OHS Regulations.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy, have today unveiled a comprehensive action plan to combat the effects of deadly silica dust exposure.
This plan, a compliance and enforcement blitz targeting over 300 high-risk stonemasonry workshops, is aimed to prevent silica dust exposure and deadly lung disease silicosis.
The plan includes:
Silica dust impacts workers in construction, mining and quarrying with stonemasons at higher risk due to cutting and polishing of artificial stone bench tops.
Silica is found in many materials common on construction sites, including concrete, masonry, brick, block and stone.
The dust created by cutting, grinding, drilling or otherwise disturbing these materials can contain respirable crystalline silica.
You can read the full media release here:
Master Plumbers representatives are currently involved in a national discussion regarding silica exposure and will continue to inform members as new information becomes available.