From 1 July, Australia's Queensland's government will halve the workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica to 0.05 mg/m3. This stricter regulation has gained significant attention from health and safety officials as well as the media due to the rising health problems (e.g. silicosis) among industry workers.

Respirable crystalline silica is formed during any mechanical treatment of silica-containing materials. In light of promoting health and safety at the workplace, it is imperative that service laboratories and industrial hygienists are able to accurately monitor and put in place timely control measures. This is to protect overexposure to workers.

Regulatory bodies like OSHA have indicated X-ray diffraction as the recognised analytical method for quantifying respirable crystalline silica. Join our webinar to learn more about how to comply with regulations and how your service laboratory or company can benefit from XRD solutions for respirable crystalline silica testing.

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Measurement type:
Crystal structure determination
Phase identification
Phase quantification
May 27 2020 - May 27 2020
15:00 - 16:00
(GMT+10:00) AUS Eastern [Sydney]
, Australia
Event type:
Webinar - Live
X-ray Diffraction (XRD)
Advanced materials
Building materials
Minerals and mineral processing


Here’s what our specialist will cover:
1. Comparison of analytical techniques which are sensitive towards quantifying respirable silica
2. Why OSHA ID-W42 and NIOSH Method 7500 classify X-ray diffraction (XRD) as the only method of reliably quantifying crystalline silica polymorphs
3. Comparison of the latest XRD models. Which is a better fit for you: compact model for routine filter analysis, or advanced model also capable of related R+D activities
4. Important points of reference for sample preparation
5. Analyse samples and test the performance (speed, sensitivity, accuracy) of our X-ray diffractometers with samples
6. Calculate your ROI when adopting XRD as the method for analysis


Dr Duriska has been involved with X-ray diffraction for 20 years. Martin received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry (Crystallography and MOF’s) from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He has published over 25 journal papers in various fields, including coordination chemistry, metal oxide toxicity and ionic liquids. At present, Dr Duriska is the Technical Sales Specialist at Malvern Panalytical for the east coast of Australia.


Who should attend:
1. Government and testing laboratories
2. Hygienists at the mine, construction and any blasting or demolition sites
3. Those interested to expand their XRD applications towards quantifying and controlling respirable crystalline silica

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Join our series of environmental monitoring related webinars

- Webinar 1: Controlling the limits of crystalline respirable silica at your workplace
- Webinar 2: Focus on The Air You Breathe – Elemental Analysis of Air Filters according to US EPA Method io-3.3. More info