Skip links and keyboard navigation

    Media Statements

    Coat of ArmsMedia Release
    Minister for Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Joint study to safeguard lung health of miners

    Minister for Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Tuesday, August 05, 2008

    Joint study to safeguard lung health of miners

    A joint research project could lead to improvements in the lung health of miners in Queensland, Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson said today.

    Minister Wilson said the State Government and the University of Western Sydney had embarked on a joint investigation into the effects of silica dust on miners.

    Silica dust can cause acute silicosis, a slow-developing, lung disease.

    “The study will determine how silica dust is being controlled on work sites and what further improvements can be made,” he said.

    Mr Wilson said the Queensland Mines Inspectorate had sent a questionnaire to industry in a bid to identify activities where workers may be exposed to silica dust.

    Around 30 sites will be selected to take part in the study.

    “It’s hoped the research results will identify ways to improve dust control and deliver benchmarks for best practice in the workplace,” he said.

    Media inquiries: Minister’s office 3224 7332.