NSW trials accurate readings of silica dust in air

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Trials have begun in New South Wales for technology that can accurately monitor silica dust levels in the air.

The technology has the potential to protect workers from contracting the deadly lung disease silicosis.

NSW Better Regulation and Innovation Minister Kevin Anderson said the innovative detector could be used by workers cutting or working with manufactured or other silica containing stone, protecting them from unknowingly inhaling dangerous levels of silica dust.

“We’re on a mission to stamp out silicosis in this state. This ground breaking device allows us, for the first time, to monitor exposure levels in real-time ensuring workers can remove themselves from harmful exposure before it’s too late,” Anderson said.

“This Government puts the safety of its citizens first, and the NSW Government’s investment into developing this device will help give peace of mind for anyone working with manufactured stone.”

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