Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Health Regarding the Re-emergence of Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis
The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) and Lung Foundation Australia (LFA) welcomed the opportunity to provide a submission to the Select Committee on Health on the Re-emergence of Coal Workers Pneumoconios (CWP).
The TSANZ and LFA strongly support consistent, nation-wide action to protect workers from dust diseases by:
(a) enhancing the current framework for regulation of dust management, and
(b) surveillance of exposed workers for respiratory disease.
This will require adequate and sustainable funding. The framework should include monitoring of adherence to the regulations and outcomes. Our recommendations were made particularly in the context of evolving mining technologies, some of which may increase rather than reduce workers’ exposure to respirable dusts.
The full submission and detailed recommendations are available below.