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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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-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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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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WorkSafe WA has just announced that WorkSafe inspectors will visit construction sites across Perth’s northern suburbs from Joondalup to Yanchep, in the last week of August, to check safety standards. Inspectors will focus on the priority areas of electrical safety and working at heights, besides checking whether workers have had the appropriate induction training, and have High Risk Work Licences where required.…

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