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Dust Has No Bias (part 1)

The Queensland Government in Australia has approved the new “Managing respirable crystalline silica dust exposure in construction and manufacturing of construction elements Code of Practice* 2022”.


The new Code is Australia’s first silica dust code of practice for the construction industry and will commence in Queensland on May 1, 2023.


The Code outlines how duty holders can meet the requirements of the work health & safety legislation, including eliminating or minimizing exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) at work.


Comparison of facial hair with Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) particle size (source http://www.ats.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/AQWG-Part-10-of-12-RPE-Industry-Consideraions-v0.07.pdf)

What’s construction have to do with the Mining Standard ISO 23875? Dust isn’t biased to an industry. Construction (and demolition) use earthmoving plants similar to or the same as mining, moving material where there are operators operating the equipment in an enclosed cab. So, ISO 23875 is just as applicable to protect worker health in enclosed cabins in construction and demolition as it is for mining.


*Code of Practice (COP). A COP is a practical guide to achieving the standards of health & safety required under model WHS Acts & Regulations. When approved in the Jurisdiction, they have legal effect. While they are not law, they are admissible in court proceedings.

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