Under the model WHS Regulations, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must provide health monitoring for workers if they carry out ongoing work using, handling, generating or storing crystalline silica, and there is a significant risk to the worker’s health because of exposure.
Health monitoring is carried out or supervised by a registered medical practitioner. It involves examining and monitoring workers to see if exposure to crystalline silica at work is affecting their health.
The guide provides registered medical practitioners with practical guidance on requirements under the model work health and safety laws for health monitoring of workers exposed to crystalline silica.
Health monitoring for crystalline silica seeks to protect workers whose health may be at risk.
This guide is the first of a series of updated and new health monitoring guides that will be published over the coming months.
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