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Exposure to occupational lung diseases can be prevented with the right controls.

Join Workplace Health and Safety Queensland for the Healthy Lungs Forum as we explore how and why we must protect workers, particularly those in the asbestos removal, stonemasonry, construction and manufacturing industries, from exposure to occupational lung diseases.

With a strong focus on asbestos and silica, the program features a diverse mix of industry and safety regulator presentations, case studies and a panel discussion covering:

  • health risks associated with exposure to occupational lung disease contaminants
  • hazard identification and practicable control measures
  • the importance of health monitoring and selection of the right dust and fibre controls, including personal protective equipment
  • workplace obligations and compliance with legislative duties
  • strategies to influence safety behaviours and practices in the workplace.

You will also go into the draw to win a powered air purifying respirator, valued at over $1,500 (plus GST)! View the Terms and Conditions(PDF, 73.48 KB) .

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Event program

7.30 - 8.30am Registration
8.30 - 8.45am Master of Ceremony welcome
Luke Cook
8.45 - 9.15am Current and emerging occupational lung diseases
Associate Professor Deborah Yates
9.15 - 9.45am Breathe Freely
Peter Aspinall, representing the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH)
9.45 - 10.15am The Regulator’s response to occupational lung disease
Bradley Bick, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
10.15 - 10.45am Morning tea
  Respirable Crystalline Silica stream Asbestos stream
10.45 - 11.15am Construction Principal Contractor obligations
Daniel Dunne, Paynters
Asbestos disease risks for asbestos removalists
Dr Robert McCartney, Resile 
11.15 - 11.45am Keeping dust out of vehicles
Greg Manthey, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
Sampling and analysis of materials for asbestos
Michael Shepherd, COHLabs
11.45am - 12.15pm On-tool extraction and dry cutting research
Dr Martin Stirling, Hilti
Update on compliance and enforcement of asbestos laws
Dr Peter McGarry, WHSQ
12.15 - 12.45pm Industrial ventilation design
Dr David Bromwich
Removing barriers to lung health and compliance issues
Dr Tristan Casey
12.45 - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 - 2.15pm Selecting the right respiratory protective equipment
Travis Allen, Allens Industrial Products & Mark Reggers, 3M
2.15 - 3.00pm

Three industry case studies will be examined, focussing on:

3.00 - 3.30pm Afternoon tea
3.30 - 4.00pm Panel discussion
A/Professor Deborah Yates, Peter Aspinall, Bradley Bick, Dr Peter McGarry and Dr Tristan Casey
4.00 - 4.15pm MC wrap up
4.15pm Close

Note: There may be small alterations to the current program.

Attendees must select either the Respirable Crystalline Silica or Asbestos stream during registration.

Event details


Royal International Convention Centre
Brisbane Showgrounds
600 Gregory Terrace
Bowen Hills

Date 27 November 2019
Time 7.30am - 4.15pm
Cost $150 (including GST)

Ticket prices include morning and afternoon tea, and lunch.
More Information

Registration: 7.30am – 8.30am
Forum: 8.30am – 4.15pm


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Last updated
15 November 2019

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Registration: 7.30am – 8.30am
Forum: 8.30am – 4.15pm