The Cancer Council warns that tradespeople and DIY home renovators are putting themselves at risk of cancer. The culprit is silica dust, which is 100 times finer than a grain of sand. Around 600,000 Australian workers are exposed to it.
What To Do
Estimates are that silica dust causes 230 cases of lung cancer per year. Avoidance of mechanically cutting certain materials (stone, gravel, bricks, concrete, etc.) is ideal.
If that isn’t possible, workers should protect themselves with respiratory devices, dust prevention measures, and adequate ventilation. Here are some options to minimise dust spreading in your work area.
- More than 230 cases of lung cancer are due to exposure to silica dust which tends to be exposed during home renovations.
- The dust is very fine and basically invisible so people don’t even know they are coming in contact with it.
- Silicia is found in stone, rock, sand, gravel and tiles. The dust is 100 times smaller than a grain of sand.
“HOME renovators and tradies are unknowingly putting themselves at risk of lung cancer by failing to protect against silica dust on the job site, the Cancer Council says.”