Onsite audiometric testing Work Health Professionals 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 level…

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This week, Safe Work Australia have released translated guides for safe working with silica and silica containing products. Working with natural and engineered stone, asphalt, concrete, bricks or pavers can expose workers to silica dust. The Working with Silica guide provides information about reducing exposure to silica dust when working with silica and silica containing…

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silica health surveillance perth

Silica health surveillance for any worker exposed to silica dust at work is a minimum requirement for employers. This has been reiterated by WorkSafe WA this week when announcing their latest inspection program looking at safety and health in stone bench top fabricators. Onsite health assessments Work Health Professionals will help you manage your WorkSafe…

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The Cancer Council says approximately 587,000 Australian workers were exposed to silica dust while on the job in 2011. Of these, 5,758 are estimated to develop lung cancer in the future as a result of that exposure. Silica dust is harmful when inhaled into your lungs. As it is 100 times smaller than a grain of sand,…

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Health surveillance isocyanates Perth

What is the required Health Surveillance for isocyanate exposure in WA? Exposure to hazardous substances used in spray painting, such as isocyanates, can have serious health effects. As is required by “general duty of care” in the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and Regulations (1996), employers of spray painters and/or powder coaters are required…

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“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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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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silica dust risks

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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Spray painter health assessments, or biological monitoring, is required for workers who are exposed to isocyanates in the workplace.  This is a WorkSafe requirement because health surveillance may detect harm to health (eg decrease in lung function) before the problem gets too serious, allowing controls to be improved to protect workers’ health. Mobile facility –…

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CHP are specialists in running an onsite Health Surveillance program in Perth and WA. We have provided health surveillance for a range of hazardous exposures including: isocyanates, chromium, crystalline silica, solvents, dusts, cadmium, lead, noise etc. What is a health surveillance program? A health surveillance program is required for all workers who are exposed to noise, vibration, solvents, fumes, dusts, ionising radiation…

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