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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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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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Silica dust exposure

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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WorkCover hearing test

What is a WorkCover hearing test? In WA, a WorkCover hearing test is governed by WorkCover WA. Under the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, it is compulsory for employers to arrange and pay for baseline hearing tests for all workers in prescribed “noisy” workplaces. All workers employed in a prescribed workplace for the…

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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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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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