Social insurer icare has brought its mobile respiratory screening service to Bletchington, Orange, to provide care and support services to local businesses and employees working with hazardous substances such as asbestos and crystalline silica.
This stop of icare's Lung Screen Mobile Unit and community information session mark the 19th visit of icare Dust Diseases Care this year to a regional NSW town.
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“Our mobile Lung Screen unit allows us to visit NSW regions, like Orange, with a large number of businesses working with hazardous dusts and bring screening closer to at-risk workers,” said Chris Koutoulas, icare general manager for Dust Diseases Care. “Our mobile unit conveniently sets up onsite at a workplace or nearby location, which also makes it easier for workers, saving travel time and minimising disruption to their day.”
icare's Lung Screen unit features a 13-metre trailer equipped with a digital chest x-ray room, an advanced lung function testing equipment, and a medical practitioner to conduct examinations.
“The screening process takes 20 minutes and the results are later reviewed by a respiratory physician,” Koutoulas said. “A report is then provided to each worker and the employer is immediately notified of any workplace injury. If necessary, (after) the screening, further support and care through icare Dust Diseases Care will be provided to workers who have been diagnosed with a work-related dust disease.”
NSW employers in high-risk industries can book the icare Lung Screen Mobile Unit for $100 + GST per worker, to screen at-risk workers for harmful dust exposure. For appointments, they can contact 13 94 44 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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