Dealing with dust is mission critical

Posted on 5 March 2019

The risks posed for quarry and mine workers by silicosis are reviewed in our latest MinEx booklet. If you think this is not an issue, think again. Last year the Queensland Government banned dry manufacturer of composite stone benches after 30% of workers in the industry were found to have deadly silicosis from the stone dust. 
In our sector, we need to eliminate Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) from any workplace, or minimise worker exposure to it.


Not all quarries and not all processes will lead to exposure to RCS. The level of risk to workers will differ depending on the concentration of RCS in the rock source, processing methods, how the site is designed and operated, and the effectiveness of controls deployed at the site. 

The free booklet provides you with ways to recognise and manage hazards and reduce risks associated with worker exposure to dust, particularly RCS. You can download a copy here or pick up a hard copy from one of our MinEx workshops.