Exposure to silica dust can lead to the development of lung cancer, silicosis (an irreversible scarring and stiffening of the lungs), kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is estimated that 230 people develop lung cancer each year as a result of past exposure to silica dust at work. Not all exposed workers will develop cancer; cancer risk increases with long term or repeated high level exposure.
Legislation to ensure the health and safety of people likely to be exposed to silica dust is being pushed for throughout the World but survival dictates everyone needs to use common sense and minimise exposure Now.
Go to https://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/workplace-cancer/silica-dust.html and understand that preventing exposure to silica dust is critical and most importantly that the time to act is Now!!
People as young as their early 20’s exposed to Silica dust are either seriously debilitated or have died.
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