Workplace exposure to toxic dust

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Workplace exposure to toxic dust

31 May 2006

Commonwealth of Australia 2006
ISBN  0 642 71571 8

View the report as a single document - (PDF 661KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of Committee (PDF 112KB)
Executive Summary (PDF 71KB)
Recommendations (PDF 100KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 172KB)
Terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Background to the inquiry
Impact of exposure to toxic dust
Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC)
Chapter 2 - Health and impacts of workplace exposure to toxic dust (PDF 264KB)
Crystalline silica
Exposure to crystalline silica
Risks to the community
Airway disease
Lung cancer
Other diseases related to respirable crystalline silica
Timber dust
Textile dusts
Chapter 3 - The nature and extent of illness and disability (PDF 472KB)

Data sources
Incidence of disease related to toxic dust
Incidence of disease related to exposure to respirable crystalline silica
Airway disease
Costs associated with adverse health effects
Incidence of disease associated with beryllium

Chapter 4 - Health services (PDF 222KB)

Diagnoses and medical services
Employee health surveillance
Employee records

Chapter 5 - Regulations governing workplace exposure to toxic dust (PDF 372KB)

Occupational health and safety regulation in Australia
Workplace Chemicals Framework
National exposure standards
National Codes of Practice and Guidance Information
State and Territory regulations
Implementation of the regulatory regime
Notification of risks
Exposure standard for crystalline silica
Exposure standard for beryllium

Chapter 6 - Compensation (PDF 214KB)

Access to compensation
Limitations in seeking legal redress
Alternative models of financial support

Chapter 7 - Nanotechnology (PDF 432KB)

Nanoscience and nanotechnology
Investment in nanotechnologies
Health and safety concerns
Occupational health and safety issues
Impact on health of workers
Measurement and monitoring of nanoparticles
Regulatory regimes
Occupational health and safety research funding
Response to concerns
Studies and reports into the potential impact of nanotechnology
The Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering United Kingdom
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health United States
OECD Working Party on Nanotechnology
Royal Society-Science Council of Japan Workshop
International Risk Governance Council
Developments in Australia
Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC)
National Nanotechnology Strategy Taskforce
Office of the Australian Safety and Compensation Council
Therapeutic Goods Administration

Appendix 1 (PDF 160KB)
List of public submissions and tabled documents authorised for publication by the Committee
Appendix 2 (PDF 117KB)
Witnesses who appeared before the Committee at public hearings

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Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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