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Silica dust – lung function testing

“Silica dust is the new asbestos” and “silica dust is more dangerous than coalmine dust”. This is what has been recently reported in the Australasian Mine Safety Journal, where they reveal the increasing number of Australian tradies who are being struck down by silicosis. Silicosis is lung fibrosis – an irreversible scarring and stiffening of…

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Chemical exposure standards – Safe Work Australia survey

A survey regarding workplace chemical exposure standards is being conducted by Safe Work Australia. The current list of 644 workplace exposure standards is intended to protect Australian workers from potentially harmful levels of airborne chemicals and substances. Safe Work Australia currently is exploring options to revise and update the list. It has engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PwC) to assist…

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Spray painter health checks – Perth

For all WA automotive body repair employers and paint and panel workshops, there is a WorkSafe WA responsibility to initiate a Health Surveillance program to minimise the risk of permanent health damage to their spray painters from exposure to chemicals known as isocyanates. This is often known as spray painter health checks or spray painter…

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Mine site hearing testing WA

Audiometric testing for WA mine sites CHP provide mine site hearing testing services, including WorkCover baseline and air conduction hearing tests, for many mining operations around WA. As noted in the DMIRS Management of Noise in WA Mining Operations guideline, it is important to “establish a program for workers exposed to noise levels above the action…

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Legionella bacteria – reduce growth risk

To reduce the risk of growth of bacteria such as Legionella, legislation requires that hot water storage systems should be maintained at a temperature of at least 60° Celsius. However to avoid scalds, the hot water should be delivered to taps and showers at a temperature of no more than 50° Celsius. Childcare centres, schools,…

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Spray Painter Health Assessments

Isocyanates…dangerous chemicals in car paints Paints, varnishes and epoxy solvents now often contain a family of highly reactive chemicals known as Isocyanates. These types of paints are commonly used in the automobile repair industry and require diligent use of personal protective equipment and safe working practices to ensure spray painters minimise the risk of permanent…

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Diesel Particulate Matter

The Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists has just updated their Position Paper on Diesel Particulate Matter. This is certainly worth reading if exposure to diesel exhaust fumes is a factor you need to monitor and control in your workplace.

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Workplace lead exposure – update

From Safe Work Australia… The current workplace exposure standard for inorganic lead (8 hour time-weighted average) is 0.15 mg/m3 (inhalable). Exposure to lead has the potential to cause adverse health effects to exposed workers, and in the past few decades, an increasing amount of research has been published on the topic of lead toxicity. Whilst…

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How often should you be doing Isocyanate assessments?

CHP follows the WorkSafe NOHSC:7039 (1995) Guidelines for Isocyanates Health Surveillance when recommending the regularity of health surveillance. New Employees to the industry (including apprentices) – initial, at 2 weeks, 6 weeks and thereafter 6 monthly. Existing workers – initial and 6 monthly thereafter. We can review or establish your Health Surveillance program to ensure you are…

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