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Bid to stop rise in lung cancer from dry cutting stone product

A BANKSTOWN stone product supplier has welcomed the NSW Government’s Silicosis Reduction Strategy – featuring a raft of reforms to stamp out the deadly lung disease – which comes into effect from today, Wednesday, July 1.

Carrara Marble & Granite owner Wally Anboussi says the reforms are vital to stop the rise in the disease resulting from uncontrolled dry cutting and grinding of stone which is now banned in NSW, with a maximum penalty of $30,000 and on-the-spot fines for non-complying corporations.
“This is an important step for the Government to make and will end up saving them a lot of money in healthcare as well as saving the lives of the workers,” he said, adding that he knew of 17 cases.
Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, says the changes make silicosis a scheduled medical condition, compelling NSW GPs to notify NSW Health of identified cases and record them on a Silicosis Health Register.
“Silicosis is an incredibly painful and aggressive disease but it is also preventable,” he said.
East Hills MP Wendy Lindsay added: “We know dry cutting is a key cause of silica exposure and it’s highly preventable by wet cutting or using the right dust capturing measures.”
More info at safework.nsw.gov.au/hazards.