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Is Your Workplace Safe From Silica Dust

Is Your Workplace Safe From Silica Dust

Each year 600,000 Australian workers are exposed to silica dust. When inhaled silica dust can cause a variety of lung diseases including silicosis, the new asbestosis. Silica dust can also cause kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Currently the mandatory silica dust exposure limit is 0.1mg per cubic metre, averaged over an eight-hour day. […]

Grant Cunningham Wins First AWU Yossi Berger Award

Grant Cunningham Wins First AWU Yossi Berger Award

The inaugural Yossi Berger Safety Award has been presented to Grant Cunningham, an AWU delegate and the Rolling Mill Team at Liberty Primary Steel in Whyalla, South Australia. The award was presented by National Secretary Daniel Walton, and South Australian Branch Secretary Peter Lamps at the Steel Works. “At the AWU, nothing is more important […]

AFP Media Raids — A Disturbing Threat to Press Freedom

AFP Media Raids — A Disturbing Threat to Press Freedom

Lately, we have seen a series of raids by the AFP on media outlets. This is both a disturbing Government attack on press freedom and highlights the need for strong protections for whistle-blowers in the public and private sectors, in this case in The Afghan Files. Journalism relies on being able to protect sources that are […]