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Silica dust: new resources on exposure control

New online resources on managing the risks of silica dust exposure have been developed by Cancer Council Australia and the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety. Each year in Australia about 600,000 people are exposed to silica dust in the workplace and an estimated 230 people develop lung cancer due to past silica dust exposure at work, according to Cancer Council Australia. The resources aim to provide employers and employees with information on where silica dust is found and how exposure to it can be prevented, such as using less hazardous materials, using water-based methods and wearing respirators. Access the resources, including factsheets and posters, at: https://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/workplacecancer/silica-dust.html.

Updated Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard available

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has updated its Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard. The revised standard includes updated quality indicators to recognise new healthcare treatments, including endovascular clot removal, and the text now aligns with the most recent clinical guidelines, including the Stroke Foundation’s Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2017. The Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard includes guidance for consumers, clinicians and health service organisations and can be accessed via: https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/clinical-care-standards/acute-stroke-clinical-care-standard.