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N.L. government accepts Labrador West Medical Audit recommendations

The medical audit report looking into the effects of silica dust exposure at mines in Labrador West was released on Wednesday.
The medical audit report looking into the effects of silica dust exposure at mines in Labrador West was released on Wednesday.

The provincial government has accepted 11 recommendations to improve silica monitoring and protection for workers in the mining industry identified in the Labrador West Medical Audit report. 

The report, completed by Horizon Occupational Health Solutions, was released today.

The study monitored the effects of silica dust exposure at mining properties in Labrador West. Inhaling silica dust in the air over a number of years can lead to silicosis.

According to a news release, the province has already begun working with the project steering committee on the development of an action plan.

Recommendations in the report range from identifying requirements for regular audits of medical surveillance files from active employees to a review of the current Silica Code of Practice, which was adopted in 2006, to ensure medical surveillance sections are relevant to national and international best practices.

Horizon’s audit included a voluntary review of chest X-rays from retired and active employees.

The study also included a review of the silica-related health surveillance program and hazard communications process at the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) Mine and Wabush Mines.

The review found suspicion of silicosis in 35 participants, most of whom began work before the Silica Code of Practice was introduced.

All participants have been notified of their results. Potentially affected individuals have been encouraged to follow up with their family physicians.

The report can be viewed here

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