Screen unit for workers
Tuesday, 29th May, 2018
A Lung Screen unit will be in the city today and will screen about 80 workers.
The mobile respiratory screening service - operated by “icare” - is available to provide health monitoring and peace of mind to businesses and employees working with asbestos and other hazardous substances.
The stop in Broken Hill is part of a wider program to bring essential services to country towns across the state.
The Lung Screen unit is equipped with a digital chest x-ray room, advanced lung function testing equipment and a medical practitioner to conduct lung examinations.
Each screening takes 20 minutes and the results are then reviewed by a respiratory physician.
A report is then provided to each worker and the employer is immediately notified of any exposure to an industrial dust.
“The top four industries that use our mobile Lung Screen service to screen their workers are Energy, Local Council, Construction and Manufacturing industries which make up 16 percent of Broken Hill’s workforce,” said icare General Manager for Dust Diseases Care, Chris Koutoulas.
“We encourage any workers who may be exposed to harmful dusts, including those involved in construction and demolition, earth moving, excavation and drilling operations, brick, concrete or stone cutting and abrasive blasting to talk to their employer about booking our mobile icare Lung Screen unit,” he said.