Amendments to assist early detection of silicosis

Amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996, relating to health surveillance for workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica will come into effect on 15 April 2021.  The amendments will require employers to provide a low-dose HRCT scan, supervised by an appointed medical practitioner, instead of the previously required chest X-ray.

Western Australia is the first jurisdiction to prescribe a low dose HRCT scan for crystalline silica health surveillance.

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18 Jan 2021

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