Respirable silica Master Class 2: Practical tips when doing your own dust filters testing

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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 MasterClass webinars.

In this webinar, Carl sheds light in terms of what to expect when you analyze your own samples using XRD. He provides guidance on the sample preparation to creating your own reference standards. This webinar would be useful for those who are thinking about investing in their own equipment.

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 webinar series and other environmental related webinars

  • Adhering to new respirable silica dust laws and why you should consider X-ray diffraction. Learn more
  • How to create your own respirable silica reference standards and other practical tips in adhering to strict standards like ISO 16258-1. 
  • What kind of data will I get? How easy is it to operate XRD? Live demo on Malvern Panalytical's latest XRD instrument, Aeris. Learn more
  • Water treatment and how to optimize the coagulants to save my company on operating costs. All possible with Zeta potential monitoring. Learn more


Carl Strautins, Occupational Hygienist and Managing Director at Safe Environment Testing Laboratory Australia

Carl supports multiple clients in testing respirable silica dust air filters whether in stone cutting, mining and more. He is active in various committees such as the Certified Materials Professional Australian Standards on workplace atmospheres (CH-031), NATA Technical Assessor and Accreditation Advisory Committee (Inspections) as well as Australia's New South Wales' government's Manufactured Stone Industry taskforce. In his role, he not only provides advice in best practice test regulations but also advocates for improved workplace safety. The Safe Environment testing laboratory 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.


Who should attend:

  • Environment testing labs
  • Governments and ministry of health and industrial development
  • Quality control
  • Laboratory managers
  • EHS compliance managers

How long is this webinar?

  • 15 minutes is the intended speaker time with additional time for addressing queries.