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Who is exposed to silica dust?

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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Work skin checks

When providing onsite work skin checks around Perth and WA, we are often asked about spots and skin cancers that are not melanoma.  Workplaces that have workers exposed to the sun as part of their work, have a Duty of Care under the OSH Regs 1996 to ensure they are taking precautions to manage their sun…

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How to check your moles and freckles for melanoma

A recent survey of 1003 Australians, conducted by life insurance company TAL, found that 64% of participants had not had their skin checked within the last 12 months. Considering 2 out of 3 Australians will be diagnosed with some form of Skin Cancer in their lifetime these results are particularly alarming. 88% of those surveyed…

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Work Health Professionals – name change

Effective January 1st 2019, CHP begins trading under the new company name Work Health Professionals Pty Ltd. The story behind our name change Corporate Health Professionals (CHP) launched in 1995 providing health and fitness programs for the corporate sector in Perth. Over the last 23 years, our team and our services have grown significantly. Whilst we…

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The emerging silicosis crisis

What is silicosis? Silicosis is a group of work-related lung diseases caused by exposure to silica dust. Silica is contained in construction materials such as concrete, bricks, tiles, sandstone and granite. When those materials are drilled, cut or crushed, tiny particles of silica are released into the air. These particles can be so fine you may not know…

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Work hearing test regulations in WA

Hearing test regulations in WA currently differ from those on the East Coast of Australia. As an employer, it is your responsibility to organise and pay for all WorkCover WA hearing tests. Is a work hearing test compulsory for everyone? Hearing test regulations in WA are governed by WorkCover WA. Here you are required to arrange…

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Silicosis in young tradies – public health crisis

Important information on the silicosis public health crisis – ABC 7:30 tonight  The Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) is alerting all Australian members to an important story expected to run on the ABC’s 7:30 program tonight, Oct 10th 2018. RACP AFOEM Fellow Dr Graeme Edwards offers expert commentary in a story on silicosis, a…

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How much sun exposure for my Vitamin D levels?

A common topic raised during workplace skin screening sessions is Vitamin D and sun exposure. Our skin screening nurses are often asked “how much sun exposure should I be getting for my Vitamin D levels?”   Here we explore the truth around Vitamin D and the recommended sun exposure levels in Australia. What is Vitamin D?…

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Vaccination program for infectious diseases

A vaccination program for infectious diseases such as Hepatitis B and tetanus is required when workers have a risk of exposure to blood, body fluids and sharps in the course of their work in WA. WHP will work with you to manage your workplace vaccination program, and create the records you are required to keep…

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