Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust Control Practices

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Crystalline silica is one of the most common hazards in workplaces including construction, mining, manufacturing and agricultural industries. Recent cases of silicosis in workers fabricating stone benchtops has highlighted a lack of understanding of the risk to health from exposure to respirable crystalline silica and the importance of putting simple dust control measures in place. 

This session will discuss how to identify respirable crystalline silica health risks, what dust control measures can be put in place and what a workplace health and safety inspector is looking for.

Tuesday, June 11th

10:00am-11:00am AEST

Kevin Hedges has 24 years’ experience in Occupational Hygiene and is certified with the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) and American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). He has been the recipient of awards presented by the AIOH which has allowed him to complete a Masters in 2000, and also provided him with the opportunity to present at International Conferences including the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) conference in Rome, Italy. He has extensive industry experience and also has held positions as Principal Occupational Hygienist with the Queensland Government. He currently is employed with the Newfoundland/Labrador, Canadian Provincial Government.

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Carolyn Topping is the Acting Director of the Occupational Health and Hygiene Unit within Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. She is a workplace health and safety inspector, full member of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists and a Certified Occupational Hygienist. Carolyn has worked for Queensland government safety regulators for twenty years including the Office of Industrial Relations and Department of Natural Resources and Mines. Her team is leading significant interventions in occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica in Queensland.

Tanya Jenke is the General Manager for Cority Australia. In this role Tanya manages and supports our Australian customers. She is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), a Chartered Professional Member of the Safety Institute of Australia (CMPSIA), holds a Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Occupational Health and Safety. Tanya has over fifteen years of experience in the occupational health and environmental safety field, specializing in Industrial Hygiene.