Frequently Asked Questions on Health

The local community regularly ask questions on the topic of health. We have prepared a list of frequently asked health questions below:

Community members have previously discussed air quality at the plant. How is air quality measured and what monitoring is done?

There are several processes used to continuously monitor and measure air quality to ensure strict compliance against Environmental Protection Air Quality Policy (1994) and relevant national guidelines. Methods include:

Stack emissions:

Adelaide Brighton Cement has monitors that continuously measure particle matter from our two stacks (tall chimneys). This ensures that the air quality limits are strictly adhered to.

An independent certified monitoring program at both stacks tests for a wide range of possible emissions to ensure compliance with national guidelines. In all cases we are well below allowable limits, and in the majority of cases, we are less than 1% of those limits.

Ambient particulate monitoring:

The EPA has a comprehensive air quality monitoring network consisting of six monitors throughout the Adelaide metropolitan area, two of which are located on the LeFevre Peninsula. The monitors continuously measure and categorise air quality from very good to very poor. All results can be viewed  here

There are claims of an elevated incidence of lung cancer on the LeFevre Peninsula. Could this be linked to emissions from Adelaide Brighton Cement?

The Director of Public Health for SA Health, Dr Kevin Buckett, reported to an SA Parliamentary Committee in 2012 that research concluded the major cause of lung cancer on the LeFevre Peninsula was associated with smoking. The research could not identify cumulative residential exposure to the six nearby industries, including Adelaide Brighton Cement.

Do you monitor the health of your workers? What are the results?

Employees undergo a range of regular annual health checks, including lung function testing.

There has been no evidence of our employees' health being adversely impacted as a result of working at the plant, despite thousands of people being employed at the site over many decades.

I know that you burn alternative fuels at the Birkenhead plant. Are there any health impacts from the burning of these fuels?

We undertake continuous testing and analysis of both fuel burnt and emissions from the Birkenhead plant to ensure there is no increase in baseline emission levels. In fact, the use of process engineered fuels improves the air quality by reducing nitrous oxide emissions. For further information about our alternative fuels and raw materials program click here.

LICENCE RENEWAL – October 2017

Our current Birkenhead EPA licence is due to expire in October 2017. We are currently working with the EPA on new licence requirements, with initial meetings particularly focussing on air quality. As a local resident, we encourage you to let us know how you feel we can improve our new licence conditions. You can provide your feedback via the ‘Contact Us’ page. You can also view our existing licence and initiatives on this site. more >>

Frequently Asked Questions On Health

The Birkenhead plant and the local community have co-existed for over 100 years, with a large number of residents working for Adelaide Brighton Cement and living in the area. The local community often ask questions on the topic of health. We have prepared a list of frequently asked health questions. more >>

The New Environmental Improvement Program

The New Environmental Improvement Program is now available to download. Click through to access the PDF. more >>