Crystaline Silica Health Monitoring Medicals for Workers Exposed to Silica Dust
Crystalline silica is a hazardous chemical commonly found in aggregates, mortar, concrete and stone. Regular exposure (inhalation) to crystalline silica may lead to the onset of symptoms including respiratory irritation, shortness of breath and asthma. Workers who are frequently exposed to crystalline silica at high levels, may develop acute silicosis (lung fibrosis). Silicosis is a progressive condition that can cause dyspnoea (shortness of breath) and even death.
Safe Work Australia classifies crystalline silica as a hazardous chemical that requires health monitoring of any employees who are exposed to it.