From WorkSafe NSW
21 February 2020
Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson today announced a new plan to reduce cases of the deadly lung disease silicosis, caused by ingesting harmful dust when dry-cutting manufactured stone.
Under the plan, NSW’s workers will be better protected by the introduction of on-thespot fines for those who engage in unsafe dry-cutting practices, the creation of a Silicosis Health Register and the introduction of a new workplace exposure standard from 1 July this year.
“Dry-cutting is an offence and for those who choose to ignore the law and put their employees at risk, SafeWork inspectors will issue tough new fines for noncompliance,” Minister Anderson said.
“Wet cutting prevents dust from escaping into the air and could significantly reduce the number of silicosis cases in NSW.”
“To help purchase new equipment the NSW Government will offer rebates of up to $1,000 to manufactured stone businesses until 30 June.
From WorkSafe ACT
Work Health and Safety advice
All businesses in NSW are required under WHS legislation to take action to manage the risk of COVID-19 to workers and all others in the work environment.
Businesses must comply with national and state public health directions in relation to COVID-19. Read more here
Associated Links to Web Pages
Precast Concrete Panel Audit Program Silica Dust Program Understanding Safety Systems Safe Work Method Statement Seminars
Visit the Healthier Work website
WorkSafe ACT has approved a number of registered training organisations to deliver 10675NAT – Course in Asbestos Awareness utilising face to face online video link conferencing in a real-time training session. A list of the approved registered training organisation can be found here.
COVID-19 infection control training
Master Plumbers ACT and CITC recommends that you and your team undertake the Australian Government COVID infection control training. This free 30-minute online training module is for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.. You can access the course here