Silica dust control during demolition : sYDNEY mETRO
Demolition is one of the many activities required to deliver Sydney Metro. More than 65 buildings were demolished by Sydney Metro’s contractors to make way for a new world-class transport system.
Demolition can produce respirable crystalline silica (silica dust) as numerous building materials such as concrete and tiles contain quartz. Demolition workers may be exposed to silica dust at quantities that could result in occupational lung diseases, such as silicosis, if the risk is not adequately controlled.
Sydney Metro identified an opportunity to better understand and positively influence the control of exposures to silica dust during demolition. This webinar will provide an overview of the approach adopted, the information obtained, and lessons learned to support the management of silica dust on future demolition sites.
Kate Cole, Director Health, Sydney Metro
Kate Cole is an Engineer and Certified Occupational Hygienist who has worked in the construction industry for almost two decades on projects in Australia, Hong Kong and the USA. She holds degrees in Science, Engineering and Occupational Hygiene, and is currently supporting Sydney Metro as the Director, Health.
A passionate advocate for preserving the health of Australian construction workers, Kate has been the catalyst for industry change, forming the first Air Quality Working Group through the Australian Tunnelling Society to address the issue of silica dust during construction. Amongst her many achievements, Kate was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship where she travelled globally to investigate world best practice in silica dust control, was named as one of the Top 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review for her work in addressing the issue of silica dust in construction, and is one of Science & Technology Australia's Superstars of STEM.
Michael Fisher, Senior Manager Occupational Hygienist City & Southwest, Sydney Metro
Michael Fisher is the Senior Manager, Occupational Hygienist for the City & Southwest project for Sydney Metro. With a strong background in engineering, hazardous materials removal, contaminated land, and construction, Michael brings a wealth of experience to support the delivery of Australia's largest public transport infrastructure project. With more than 30 years of industry experience, Michael's role has been critical to the success of the occupational health, hygiene and wellbeing program through developing mutually respectful relationships and collaboration with numerous stakeholders all with the goal of protecting worker health in this high risk sector.
Wednesday 15 July 2020
12:00pm to 13:00pm AEST
AIOH Members : Free
Non-Members: $20 + GST
This is an online session with a link being provided upon registration.
0.25 CM points awarded for attendance
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