Cancer Council and AIOH: Silica Dust and Inhalable Hazards in the Workplace

Tim Driscoll will be discussing Cancer Council’s KNOW Workplace Cancer project, which aims to reduce employees exposure to occupational carcinogens in the workplace. This session will focus on occupational causes of lung cancer, with an emphasis on silica dust.

Ross DiCorleto will be discussing the Breathe Freely initiative, a prevention strategy developed by the British Occupational Hygiene Society. AIOH proposes to introduce this initiative to Australia, which focuses on raising awareness of hazardous dusts and how to control exposure.

Presented by

Dr Ross DiCorleto, Principal Consultant, Certified Occupational Hygienist. Monitor Consulting Services.

Ross Di Corleto has been involved in occupational health & hygiene for over 35 years with experience in the power industry, mining and refining, nationally and internationally. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hygiene, a Master of Science by research and a PhD in occupational health. He is a certified hygienist, a Fellow & Past President of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists, a Chartered Generalist OHS Professional and a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia His areas of particular interest include health risk management, heat stress and the thermal environment, (He authors a blog called The Thermal Environment) as well as biological monitoring. Ross is currently the Principal Adviser – Health Risk for a large global mining group and is based in Brisbane, Australia.


Dr Tim Driscoll, Professor – Epidemiology and Occupational Medicine. The University of Sydney.

Tim Driscoll is an occupational epidemiologist and a specialist in occupational and environmental medicine and public health medicine.  He is a Professor in epidemiology and occupational medicine in the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, Australia, where he runs the general epidemiology teaching and is Director of the Master of Public Health.  Tim’s main areas of interest include the burden of occupational disease and injury; occupational cancer and exposure to occupational carcinogens, particularly asbestos; occupational fatal injury; increasing the practical application and influence of epidemiological principles and findings; and improving the communication of epidemiological principles and findings to the general public.  He leads the occupational risk factors expert working group in the Global Burden of Disease study and is Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Occupational and Environmental Cancer Committee.


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