Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) is a Category A1 carcinogen and is found in many different materials such as bricks, tiles, aggregates, mortar, concrete, shale, engineered & natural stone products, sandstone, and fibre cement sheeting. Silica-containing materials are commonly used in industries such as construction, manufacturing, stone benchtop fabrication and tunnelling.

Although RCS has been recognised as an occupational risk for over 100 years, it continues to be a hazard to workers, businesses and the general public.

A modern approach to dust management requires a holistic approach, with input from various industries and professionals across the country. 

Recently, some businesses have had their competencies challenged, resulting in prosecutions and the requirement for retraining. 

Join Greencap at this exclusive event to ensure that management of RCS at the workplace is best practice, using the most current  approaches to maintain compliance and safety.

Join representatives from SafeWork NSW, WorkSafe VIC, WorkSafe QLD, Blackwoods, AES and 3M, along with Greencap experts, for detailed presentations and workshops on the prevalence of RCS in society today, and what we can do to mitigate risk. The audience will also have the chance to have their questions answered by our experienced panel. 

SafeWork NSW's session will focus on current SafeWork initiatives in managing the risk of RCS across different environments. 

WorkSafe Victoria will be covering the application of crystalline silica and hazardous substances regulations as they relate to the Victorian construction industry, and common misconceptions and areas for improvement for works involving crystalline silica.

WorkSafe Queensland's session will discuss the core requirements of the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 in relation to managing RCS exposure in Queensland, and elements of Queensland's draft managing respirable crystalline silica dust exposure in construction and manufacturing of construction elements Code of Practice.

Blackwoods Engineering Control session will cover utilisation of engineering control, wetting/dust suppression equipment for tools, examples of equipment available, case studies, site clean-up, and H and M class vacuum cleaners.

AES' session will cover the latest technologies in monitoring RCS and how real-time specific RCS monitors can assist in testing the effectiveness of health risk control measures, as well as provide instantaneous real-time warning of a situation which is potentially hazardous.

3M's session will include particulate filter selections, respiratory protection programs, protection factors, achieving protection and fit testing.

Agenda (in AEDT):

11am - 1pm - Greencap, SafeWork NSW, WorkSafe VIC & WorkSafe QLD
1pm - 1.30pm - Lunch Break
1.30pm - 2.20pm - Blackwoods
2.30pm - 3.20pm - Active Environmental Solutions (AES)
3.30pm - 4.30pm - 3M
Wed, 19/10/2022 · 11:00 AM Melbourne (GMT +11:00)
Jason Green
Principal Consultant - Occupational Hygiene
Jason is a Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH)® and Full Member of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygiene (AIOH). Jason is Certified Water Damage Restoration Technician with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and he holds a master’s degree in Occupational Hygiene Practice (OHP) from University of Wollongong.

Jason has over 28 years’ experience in the fields of occupational hygiene, indoor air and environmental quality (IAQ/IEQ), chemical exposure, hazardous materials, workplace health and safety (WHS) and environmental consulting. Jason has conducted a diverse range occupational hygiene, IAQ, IEQ risk assessments for a wide range of government, commercial, residential and industrial projects.

Jason is now the President of the Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB) in Australia. He is a board member with the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) in Australia. He is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).

Jason has acted as Lead Occupational Hygienist, project manager and provided onsite supervision on a multiple large project covering multi-site assets. He has particular experience in the areas of occupational exposure monitoring; occupational noise assessments; qualitative and quantitative health risk assessments for occupational/community exposures and hazardous chemicals investigations.
Dr Michael Taylor
Practice Manager OHYG & IEQ / Mycologist
Dr Michael Taylor is a Principal Consultant at Greencap with an academic background in public and environmental health, microbial ecology, and mycology. He has a research profile in the detection and spread of microbial pathogens in soil, air, water and constructed environments, and extensive experience in the translation of research results into accessible information for stakeholders and peers. He has consulted for and worked collaboratively with large utilities, local governments, statutory authorities, industry, and private clients to provide advice on human health risks following exposure to potentially pathogenic microorganisms.

Regarding COVID-19, Dr. Taylor has provided interpretation and application of World Health Organisation and Centre for Disease Control documents to provide advice for the safe handling and disinfection of critical medical service supplies, provided recommendations and gap analyses in virus management plans for power utility operators, and advised on suitable and effective cleaning processes with demonstrated anti-viral efficacy.
Julie Sullivan
Principal Consultant - Occupational Hygiene
Julie Sullivan is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) from Canada with over 25 years' experience in the field of occupational hygiene and hazardous materials. After an early retirement with her husband and co-presenter Bill, and a few years sailing their boat, appropriately called SV Nomad in Asia, they arrived in, and fell in love with Australia, where they promptly un-retired and settled in at Greencap.

With her Chemistry background, Julie has conducted hundreds of occupational hygiene risk assessments dealing with toxic materials such as lead, ammonia, crystalline silica, isocyanates and clandestine laboratories and more. She served as a medic in the Canadian Naval Reserve and has found that training useful for infection control projects in hospitals and health care environments. A passionate believer that education is the key for worker understanding and protection, Julie has developed and presented thousands of bespoke courses ranging from 1-hour toolbox talks to 2-day long HazMat courses.
Darren Gallagher
National Category & Sourcing Manager 
Darren Gallagher is the National Category and Sourcing Manager for Workplace Safety/Respiratory/Fall Protection/Lifting & Rigging and Manual Handling & Storage at Blackwoods. Darren has 25 years in Industrial Engineering and Safety product distribution, across key account management, marketing, and category management roles. 

Darren's strengths are in his experience with strong engagement with end user customers across the resource, manufacturing, infrastructure, construction, utilities, emergency services, and transport and distribution industry sectors, and providing practical engineering and safety solutions for the working environment and protecting people.
Mark Reggers
Occupational Hygienist / Specialist Application Engineer
Mark is an Occupational Hygienist (MAIOH) whose current Specialist Application Engineering role at 3M Australia (Personal Safety Division) focuses on providing technical end-user guidance and advice around the selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment. This is backed by his previous experience as an Occupational Hygiene/Property Risk Consultant, Masters in Science (Occupational Hygiene Practice) and 20 years in the safety equipment and training industry. He is passionate about respiratory protection to ensure workers health is not compromised from workplace exposures as part of a workplace’s control strategy.

Mark co-hosts the “3M Science of Safety Podcast”, which is available on all major podcast platforms. He chats with expert guests on a range of WHS topics to provide practical advice and guidance for all workplaces.

He is the Chair of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) respiratory fit testing training and accreditation program RESP-FIT.
James Webster
Senior Construction Advisor
Prior to joining WorkSafe in April 2018, James worked as an A-Grade electrician in the construction industry. In his time at WorkSafe, James has enjoyed the roles of construction inspector, technical inspector and program officer.

James is currently Senior Construction Advisor and is in the process of completing his Bachelors of Public Health and Health Promotion at Deakin University. He is passionate about all things RCS!
Bradley Geinitz
Chief Advisor – Occupational Health & Hygiene
Brad Geinitz is the Chief Advisor (Occupational Health and Hygiene) at Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (Queensland Government) and has been appointed as an inspector since 2010.

Brad is a full member of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) and was a technical advisor to the steering committee responsible for developing Queensland’s draft Managing respirable crystalline silica dust exposure in construction and manufacturing of construction elements Code of Practice.
Bronwyn Haste
Senior Occupational Hygienist Specialists, Programs & Licensing
Bronwyn Haste is a Senior Occupational Hygienist in WorkSafe Victoria’s Occupational Hygiene unit. Her role covers a broad range of activities including providing specialist advice to WorkSafe health and safety inspectors, developing occupational health and safety guidance, authorising asbestos and carcinogen licences and following up on workplaces with elevated blood lead levels.
Bronwyn has an Honours degree in Chemistry and a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hygiene and is a member of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists.
Michael Weller
State Inspector – Hygiene and Toxicology | Chemicals, Explosives & Safety Auditing
Michael is a Certified Occupational Hygienist® and has worked in occupational hygiene and safety for 35 years, mostly in building products manufacturing, secondary aluminium production, road and rail transport, waste management and consulting. He joined SafeWork NSW in 2017 as a State Inspector in the Hygiene and Toxicology team. Earlier on in his career, Michael managed occupational hygiene programs focussed on the sampling and analysis of respirable crystalline silica and controlling exposures in industrial environments across Australia and New Zealand.
Aleks Todorovic
MD at Active Environmental Solutions (AES)
Aleks Todorovic has a Master of Science (Occupational Hygiene Practice). and is a full member of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH). He has over 27 years’ experience in the industry as a supplier of occupational hygiene monitoring and detection equipment. Throughout this period, he has been involved in the development and testing of many new types of monitoring instrumentation, with a focus on the petrochemical, mining, defence and emergency services industries.

Aleks has also been a guest lecturer and presenter at various tertiary institutions and associations. His current direction is in the advancement of wearable connected real-time wireless detection and monitoring solutions in the occupational hygiene and safety industries, with an emphasis on total worker exposure from simultaneous multiple stressors.
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