NSW Dust Strategy 2020-2022

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The NSW Dust Strategy 2020-2022 aims to prevent occupational diseases by providing NSW workers and businesses with a coordinated approach for the safe handling of hazardous dust including asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts.

Injuries and fatalities due to exposure to asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts are preventable.

Applying control measures such as, always engaging a licensed asbestos professional for asbestos removal work, using simple controls such as water and dust capture tools when working with silica; and always wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including a correctly fitted respiratory face mask when working with asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts.

Objectives of the NSW Dust Strategy 2020-2022 The NSW Dust Strategy 2020-2022 strategy aims to ensure that SafeWork NSW and industry can:

  • respond to current and emerging dust-related harms by following three key principles that apply to all dust:

  • identify the hazard

  • handle it safely

  • dispose of it responsibly

  • prevent dust exposure with reduction activities that carry the key elements of compliance, regulation, awareness and education in all programs

  • educate workers about dust exposure with consistent communication of best-practice safety controls appropriate to different dust types and work activities.

The NSW Dust Strategy (PDF 234kb) is aligned to SafeWork’s hazardous chemicals exposure reduction programs under the NSW WHS Roadmap 2022 Asbestos, crystalline silica, wood and other dusts are specifically targeted as the top priority areas.


This link contains detailed requirements on how businesses should behave in respect of dust.


- Cross check the Quarry Proposal to ensure strategy sufficiently covers the legal requirements.

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