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Testing for dust disease

Thursday, 11th April, 2019

The Lung Bus will be making its way to Broken Hill next month. PICTURE: Supplied The Lung Bus will be making its way to Broken Hill next month. PICTURE: Supplied

The Lung Bus will be in the city next month to provide health assessments on workers at risk of developing a workplace dust disease.

The Insurance and Care NSW (icare) Mobile Lung Screen will be here on May 13 and 14 to provide specialised lung health assessments to current and retired workers who are at risk of developing a workplace dust disease, such as mesothelioma or silicosis.

“Our Lung Bus may look like any other semi-trailer, but on board is a medical screening team that includes an experienced general practitioner who can provide a full lung screen health assessment, a radiographer that performs the chest x-rays and a certified respiratory scientist who performs the lung function tests,” icare interim General Manager Christine Callaghan said.

“We recognise that it’s difficult for people in regional or rural areas to access specialist health services. They often have to travel long distances or experience lengthy wait times for an appointment.

“By bringing our Lung Bus to Broken Hill, we can ensure retired workers and current at-risk workers can access this critical health monitoring service, while also saving them valuable time and minimising disruption to their busy day.”

The Mobile Lung Screen is available, free of charge, to workers who may have been exposed to workplace dust. 

The Mobile Lung Screen is also available to assist high-risk employers meet their obligations under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 which requires NSW employers to provide health monitoring for employees exposed to hazardous dusts. 

There are more than 600 people employed in high-risk industries, such as construction and manufacturing, in Broken Hill.

“We want to make it easier for NSW employers to meet this obligation, so we bring the service to their door step, and offer it at a subsidised rate of just $100 plus GST per person.”

If you want to take advantage of the lung screen service, contact icare Dust Diseases Care on 13 94 44 or visit https://www.icare.nsw.gov.au/lungbus/

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