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What is a Wood’s Lamp?

We all know excessive sun exposure isn’t healthy and can lead to skin cancer. No-one can hide from skin cancer. Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate. Skin cancer can occur on any part of the body, even where the sun don’t shine! However many of us can be complacent with the use of sunscreen and other UV…

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Onsite flu vacs 2020

Flu vaccines 2020 The Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) met at TGA, Canberra, on Wednesday 9th October 2019, to recommend influenza viruses to be used in the composition of the influenza vaccines for 2020. During this meeting, the expert committee reviewed and evaluated data related to epidemiology, antigenic and genetic characteristics of recent influenza isolates…

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Measles update – Perth

A new measles alert has been issued to people who were in several stores in Bunbury and sites in West Perth and Balga between October 8 and 10. This follows the case of a FIFO mining industry worker who was diagnosed at a Fortescue Metals Group site in the Pilbara this week. There have been…

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Noise Surveys – WA regs

Noise at the workplace is a major cause of deafness in Western Australia. If people’s ears are exposed to loud noise continually over a period of time, the nerve cells in the inner ear may eventually die and not respond to sound. This condition is called noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL loss cannot be…

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Onsite Hep B vaccinations

Work Health Professionals manage onsite workplace vaccinations programs in Perth. This includes Hepatitis B vaccinations. WorkSafe WA have produced a useful document on the risks of Hepatitis B in the workplace.  For workers potentially exposed to Hep B, and other diseases, a vaccination program is recommended. What is Hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is an infectious…

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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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WorkSafe inspection – WA schools

WorkSafe have announced an inspection program looking at safety and health issues for workers in WA schools. The program will include both private and public schools in Perth and regional WA. It will continue until the end of the 2019/20 financial year. WorkSafe will expand it’s previous inspection program that was looking at hazards facing…

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Changes to oral drug testing

An update on changes to saliva drug testing Australian Standards AS/NZ 4760:2019 2 years on and revision, public comment and re-revision has seen the new oral fluid Australian Standard become reality. A transition period applies while new devices compliant with the new Standard are produced, tested and verified by NATA accredited laboratories. Confirmation testing laboratories…

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Hard hat or water polo cap?

One of our Managers, Mark Mason, is soon to replace his hard hat with his Water Polo cap. On August 1st, Mark is heading to Gwangju in South Korea to compete in the FINA World Masters Water Polo Championships. This will be the third time he has represented Australia and his club at the World…

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Work skin check – melanoma

A young workers melanoma experience We were fortunate to provide a work skin check for a fit and healthy 28 year old Perth man recently. Fortunate is a great word to use in this case. If he had left his skin check another couple of years it may have been a different prognosis. To encourage…

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