ABC News published a story about the growing interest in pottery as a hobby, and experts urge vigilance to minimise silicosis risks.

Pottery is an incredibly popular hobby, but it’s important to be aware of the potential risks. The inhalation of silica dust, which is created when the clay is ground and mixed with water and other substances, can lead to a serious lung condition known as silicosis.

Silicosis is a serious but preventable disease. Symptoms of silicosis can vary in severity – from mild to life-threatening – so it’s important to take measures to protect yourself.

Pottery is a great pastime, but it is important to remember that safety always comes first!

Working in a well-ventilated space, wearing protective gear, and taking the necessary precautions when pottery hobbyists or professional potters work with dry clay or powdered glazes can prevent the development of silicosis or other silica-induced diseases.

It is important that employers and pottery studio owners always ensure that protective measures are in place so that professional potters and pottery hobbyists could continue to enjoy their work and/or hobby safely.

Lung Foundation’s chief executive Mark Brooke urges those in the pottery industry to take preventative measures to reduce their risk of contracting silicosis.

The full story by ABC News can be found here.

If you believe that you have been exposed to silica dust, it is important to seek medical advice and assistance.

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You may be eligible for compensation if your exposure has led to lung damage. It is important that workers are aware of their rights when it comes to occupational health and safety and take necessary steps to protect themselves from the dangers of silicosis.

At Turner Freeman, we actively assist workers suffering from silicosis and other silica-induced illnesses to claim the compensation they are entitled to. We understand the hardship and stress these individuals have suffered due to their illness and take pride in providing support throughout the entire legal process.

If you were exposed to silica dust, to discuss your entitlement in more detail, please contact us as soon as possible on 02 8833 2500 so that we can address any questions or concerns you may have about making a claim.