Silicosis support

Silicosis work injury claim

If you have been diagnosed with silicosis, please contact us on 08 8233 2545 or email silicosis@rtwsa.com to start your claim. A specialist team within ReturnToWorkSA will work closely with you to assess and manage your claim and arrange for you to receive care and support to best manage your condition.

More information:

Silica dust is generated when materials containing silica are cut, sanded, polished, drilled or blasted. When this dust is inhaled into the lungs it can cause silicosis, a disease which leads to scarring, swelling and fluid build-up in the lungs, interfering with a person’s ability to breathe.

Who is at risk?

Silica is found in many materials common on construction sites, including soil, concrete, masonry, rock, granite and landscaping materials. If you cut, sand, drill, blast or polish materials which contain silica, or you work near others performing these tasks, you may be exposed to silica dust.

Controlling the risks

It is important to minimise your exposure to silica dust.

A comprehensive list of ways to reduce exposure to silica dust is available on the SafeWork SA website. If you have any questions about this contact SafeWork SA on 1300 365 255.

What to do if you are a worker

If you work in an environment where you are exposed to silica dust, speak to your employer about how you can reduce your exposure. If you are concerned you have been exposed to silica dust, speak to your employer and consult your doctor and ask for an assessment at a Thoracic Clinic. Early detection and control of further exposure to silicosis is important and is likely to lead to better outcomes.

Support during silicosis health screenings

We understand that being tested for silicosis may make you worried or anxious about what this means for you and your family.  Below is a list of support services that are available for specific industry sectors and the wider community. Your workplace may also have an existing Employee Assistance Program where you can access free and confidential support at this time.

Industry specific supports

  • Stone bench top industry: Free and confidential counselling is available to affected workers via the following Employee Assistance Program providers:
    • Access Programs on 08 8215 6799 or
    • Corporate Health Group on 08 8354 9800
  • Construction and allied industries: MATES in Construction is an available support if you are concerned about silica exposure. You can call MATES on 1300 642 111 for a confidential conversation and they can help connect you with other support and services if required.
  • Mining and quarrying industry: Contact the Mining and Quarrying Occupational Health and Safety Committee (MAQOHSC) on 08 8204 9842.

Other free support services include:

What to do if you are an employer

You have a responsibility to manage your workers’ risk of exposure to silica dust. SafeWork SA can provide information on how you can ensure your workers are protected and what you need to do for ongoing health monitoring.

Useful links for employers:

Useful links for workers:

Useful links for General Practitioners: