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Silica Dust Kills

January 28, 2021 2:14 pm


No excuses,
fix the problem


Sign the petition to support the AWU’s campaign in protecting workers from the deadly silicosis

The AWU needs your help to protect the 600,000 Australian workers who are breathing in silica dust every single day.

Workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica (silica dust) in mines, quarries road and tunnel construction projects, in the manufacture of cement and concrete and excavating.

Our safety standards and their enforcement in Australia are so shameful that even workers in the USA and Mexico have better protection from silica dust.

The AWU is calling for a national regulation setting out minimum benchmarks to protect workers in every affected industry, with tough penalties for employers who fail to comply.

We also need a compensation fund, backed by employers and industry, to help provide financial relief to workers (and their families) diagnosed with silica related disease, and who are struggling to return to work, and are adjusting to life with the devastating impact of their lung disease.

The Federal Government is working on reforms right now, and we must ensure that they cover ALL workers who are exposed to this deadly dust.

Sign the petition to support the AWU in protecting workers from the deadly silicosis.


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Watch Joanna’s story


18 August 2022

AWU fears silica problem understated in latest Safe Work Australia Statement

Read the full news story here.

12 July 2022

Curtin University study backs AWU’s alarm at extent of workplace silicosis health risk.

Read the full news story here.

5 July 2022

AWU calls for Safe Work to implement best-practice regulations to prevent silica dust exposure

Read the full news story here.

29 June 2022

NSW Dust Report fails to address key concerns

Read the full news story here.

5 May 2022

New VIC regulations against silicosis should be rolled out nationwide

Read the full news story here.

31 January 2022

NSW Silica Inquiry should cover every worker

Read the full news story here.

4 August 2021

AWU calls for greater accountability as National Taskforce releases Dust Disease Report

Read the full news story here.

25 June 2021

Silica Dust victims visit Parliament House

Read the full news story here.

1 April 2021

Labor backs AWU campaign to combat silicosis in the workplace

Read the full news story here.

25 September 2020

AWU backs new laws to combat dust diseases and silicosis

Read the full news story here.

National Workplace Dust Register


Silica Dust Facts

Useful information on Silica Dust.

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