Date recorded: March 09 2021

Due to the up-rise of silicosis, countries like the US, Australia, New Zealand and across Europe are halving the permissible occupational exposure limits to respirable silica to as low as 0.05mg/m3.

Reduced exposure limits impose additional challenges to the analytical methods used for quantification of respirable silica. Adhering to the new requirements for the quantification limits, achieving not only accurate but reliable data in the shortest analysis time will help companies to make timely decisions, so critical to upholding employee health and safety (EHS) at the workplace. As part of our efforts to drive awareness about EHS at the workplace, Malvern Panalytical is proud to organize a series of “lunch and learn” webinars. We are delighted to have guest speaker, Carl Strautins who is an occupational hygienist at Safe Environment testing laboratory in Sydney, Australia. He supports multiple clients in testing respirable dust air filters. Safe Environment is Australia’s first laboratory to be accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for complying with the international standard ISO 16258-1 for respirable crystalline silica testing, the highest level of testing.

In this webinar, Carl explains the new dust laws and how service laboratories can adhere to the current norms and prescribed methods. He compares different methodologies and sheds light on how phase interference impact accurate silica quantification by FTIR, whereas XRD does not only allow for more accurate quantification, it also distinguishes various silica polymorphs.

This webinar is part of our series of webinars on the topic of controlling respirable silica dust at the workplace.

Controlling respirable silica dust at the workplace MasterClass series

  • Adhering to new respirable silica dust laws and why you should consider X-ray diffraction
  • How to create your own respirable silica reference standards and other practical tips in adhering to strict standards like ISO 16258-1. Learn more
  • Why does it makes sense to analyze your own samples? Tips on how to achieve improved ROI on your own XRD instrument. Learn more