Dangerous chemicals the focus for the New South Wales Government

The New South Wales Government has launched a plan to ensure "every worker who heads off in the morning returns home safely to their family at night”. The five-year project aims to help protect workers against injuries and diseases from dangerous chemicals in the workplaceMinister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said crystalline silica and formaldehyde have been given top priority by the government as those of greatest risk to NSW workers. 

Crystalline silica is a natural substance found in most rocks, sands and clay, and in building products such as bricks, concrete and caesarstone. When disturbed by blasting, chipping or grinding, crystalline silica dust can get into a worker's lungs and cause the lung disease silicosis. 

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