Crystalline Silica Health Monitoring Assessments

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Crystalline silica health monitoring

Welcome to Assist Group's Crystalline Silica Health Monitoring service page. We are your trusted partner when it comes to occupational health and medical testing services. We provide Crystalline Silica Health Monitoring programs as well as individual Silica Medicals. We proudly work Australia wide and have locations or partner networks in all capital cities and many regional centres.

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Enquire about our Crystalline Silica Health Monitoring programs today by phoning our medical reception in your location by CLICKING HERE, or submit your details in the contact form at the bottom of this page.

What is Crystalline Silica

Silica is a naturally occurring mineral in most rocks and soils. The most common form of crystalline silica is quartz (CAS 14808-60-7). However, you can find crystalline silica in aggregates, mortar, concrete, natural and engineered stone, etc. Products like composite stone can contain up to 97% silica (SafeWork Australia). Generally, the higher the percentage of silica, the higher the chance of workers developing health issues and silicosis if they breathe in the dust.

According to SafeWork Australia’s Health Monitoring Guide for Crystalline Silica, there is a link between working with composite stone products and an increase in workers being diagnosed with silicosis and progressive massive fibrosis.

Legal Requirements for Health Monitoring

As per Schedule 14 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations (NSW, 2017), workers exposed to crystalline silica are required to undergo health monitoring. The health monitoring assessment is to be performed by or under the supervision of a registered medical practitioner with experience in health monitoring.

With additional qualifications required, dependent on the state the medical is performed in and the industry the employee works within.

Note: Generally speaking, if workers are exposed to any silica based product, you should have a crystalline silica health monitoring program in place.

Crystalline Silica Health Assessment Inclusions

As per Safe Work Australia's – ‘Hazardous Chemicals Requiring Health Monitoring’ our Silica Health Assessments include the following assessment items:

  • Demographic, medical and occupational history
  • Records of personal exposure
  • Standardised respiratory questionnaire to be completed
  • Standardised respiratory function test, for example, FEV1, FVC and FEV1/FVC
  • Chest X-Ray full PA view (baseline and high risk workers only)

Why choose Assist Group?

For the below reasons and capabilities, you can feel confident choosing Assist Group as your silica medical and health monitoring service provider:

  • We estimate that since our founding years in 1986, our employee health screening and testing services have saved approximately 2,000 people from serious injury or ill health.
  • We aim to provide education, knowledge and tools to manage subsequent potential exposures.
  • We are accessible to you, with genuine branches in NSW, QLD and VIC with a premium affiliate network across Australia and NZ to provide a managed end to end solution.
  • Assist Group's chief medical officer, Dr Peter Aldridge, has over 25 years experience in the field of Industrial Medicine and is a WorkCover-accredited Medical Practitioner for Hazardous Substances.

> Find out more about our silica medical testing service here.


What are the recommended levels of exposure to crystalline silica?

The recommended levels of exposure to crystalline silica may vary between state to state, so it is advisable to check with your local governing body.

According to Safe Work Australia: "The workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica (silica dust) that must not be exceeded is 0.05 mg/m3 (eight-hour time weighted average)."

What diseases can silica dust cause?

Exposure to silica dust may lead to a variety of different diseases, including silicosis.

Silicosis is a form of occupational lung disease caused by inhaling crystalline silica dust. It is marked by inflammation and scarring of the lungs.

Other diseases that could develop after exposure to silica dust include:

What activities have a high exposure to crystalline silica dust?

Examples of work activities and occupations that have a high exposure to crystalline silica dust include:

  • Working with composite stone countertops
  • Excavation, earth moving and plant operations
  • Paving and surfacing
  • Mining and mineral ore processing
  • Tunnelling
  • A variety of construction, labour and demolition jobs
  • Stone/brick cutting
  • Abrasive blasting.

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