Govt workers offered free cancer screenings after chemical inquiry


Weed sprayers employed by the Victorian government between 1965 and 1995 will be provided free cancer screenings, the Andrews government announced on Wednesday.

The announcement came after an inquiry found a plausible link between cancers found among the workers and pesticides they were exposed to.

The government launched an inquiry after concerns were raised in Ballarat about exposure to the chemicals 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T) while working as weed sprayers between 1965 and 1995.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will review practices across government agencies engaged in spraying or where employees are exposed to dangerous goods or hazardous substances.

Additional research will be commissioned to substantiate a link on the chemicals and soft tissue sarcoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Current and former employees can contact the DELWP on 1800 987 767 to make arrangements for their free health screening.

 

About the author
Premium

The essential resource for effective public sector leaders