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New Silica Code of Conduct

Queensland has announced that it will introduce a Code of Practice for the stone benchtop industry. The code attempts to reduce and eradicate silicosis in Queensland, caused by the fabrication and processing of engineered and natural stone benchtops. This new code will commence on 31 October, 2019. Managing-respirable-crystalline-silica-dust-exposure-in-the-stone-benchtop-industry-Code-of-Practice-2019 “It sets minimum and enforceable standards to…

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Silica Health Surveillance

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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Health surveillance for isocyanate exposure

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 – 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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Silica dust exposure at work

There is a new warning on silica dust exposure this week. The Cancer Council is urging Australians to be more aware of cancer risks in the workplace, after new estimates suggest over 230 lung cancer cases are caused by silica dust exposure. 60 000 Australian workers are exposed to silica dust in the workplace, including miners,…

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Mine site hearing testing WA

Audiometric testing for WA mine sites WHP 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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Polyurethanes and isocyanates – health risks

Spray-on polyurethane products containing isocyanates have been developed for a wide range of retail, commercial, and industrial uses to protect cement, wood, fiberglass, steel and aluminum, including protective coatings for truck beds, trailers, boats, foundations, and decks. Polyurethanes are formed by combining a variety of chemicals. The most important ingredient is the family of isocyanates.…

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Spray Painter Health Assessments – Pilbara

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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