Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

GP Allays Residents' Concerns over Silica

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

GP Allays Residents' Concerns over Silica

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Byline: Maree Butterworth maree.butterworth @thechronicle.com.au

A SENIOR Toowoomba medico does not believe the silica sand component of the new Clifford Park cushion track poses a health risk.

This comes after residents living near the racecourse voiced their concerns over the health risk of the material to be used on the new track.

GP Connections board chairman Dr Graham Emblen said the way the silica component was to be used in the new cushion track would not be harmful.

"Silica is the main component of sand and it is a major component of concrete and glass. Silica itself is all around us and is not a major concern," he said.

Dr Emblen said the health threat of silica was when it was ground into fine particles which became an occupational hazard when participating in activities including sand blasting, cutting tiles or concrete.

"Silica can be as dangerous as asbestos when it is handled inappropriately. If it isn't touched then is not a problem," he said. …

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