The Dangers of Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) Exposure

What is crystalline silica and silica dust? Crystalline SilicaSilica is silicon dioxide, a naturally occurring and widely abundant mineral that forms the major component of most rocks and soils (via SafeWork Australia). Silica DustSilica dust is generated in workplace mechanical processes such as crushing, cutting, drilling, grinding, sawing or polishing of natural stone or man-made … Read more

New Equipment for Crystalline Silica Testing in Melbourne Lab

ADEs Melbourne laboratory has recently received X-ray diffraction (XRD) equipment which uses a powerful non-destructive technique for characterising crystalline materials. It provides information on structures, identification and quantification of phases and other structural parameters. ADEs laboratory will soon provide testing services of crystalline silica for projects and clients. Silica is silicon dioxide which is a … Read more

An Update on PFAS Contamination & Remediation in Australia

PFAs contamination microscope

In 2017 perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) gained widespread public acknowledgement when the ABC program Four Corners issued a report detailing the PFAS contamination of soil and groundwater at a number of Australian Defence Force facilities, resulting from the storage and use of firefighting foams containing PFAS. New information has since emerged showing that the contamination affects more … Read more