8 July, 2019 –
Queensland workers, including coal workers and stonemasons, will have better workplace health and safety protections, thanks to changes made by the Palaszczuk Government to the Public Health Act 2005 and Public Health Regulation 2018.
Occupational dust diseases will now be recorded on the Queensland Health Notifiable Dust Lung Disease Register.
The health and safety of all Queenslanders is our priority, and I’m proud to see these new changes come into effect.
We are now able to monitor dust lung disease like silicosis and pneumoconiosis and identify any emerging workplace health issues.
The register will also allow us to capture incidences of other dust lung diseases from working environments where workers are exposed to inorganic dust.
Last September we announced $25 million over two years to deliver more reforms to protect coal workers’ health and safety.
We will continue to deliver on our commitment to coal workers across Queensland.
All current and former mine workers and stonemasons are encouraged to undertake a health screening.
Early detection of some dust-lung conditions may make the difference between life and death for patients.
Meanwhile, these reforms will ensure we have the best data at our disposal, so we can begin to identify cases of dust-related lung diseases early.
Under the new changes, doctors who are specialists in occupational and respiratory medicine are required to report cases of occupational dust lung diseases to the Queensland Health Notifiable Dust Lung Disease Register from 1 July 2019.
Workers or family members seeking more information about health screening should call the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland hotline – 1300 362 128.