Identifying areas and occupations in surface mining that are at high risk of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) exposure and using the findings to develop an evidence based health surveillance guideline for the Australian coal industry
Expected Results:

To be able to quantify, through a targeted monitoring program, the levels of exposure to respirable dust and RCS that surface mineworkers could potentially be exposed to when conducting tasks already known to offer a higher risk profile. A very small percentage of annual statutory monitoring captures these activities and this targeted program will address this identified gap in our data and understanding. By partnering with CSH during this program, an enhanced and focused health surveillance system will result.