Australia switches to GHS Labeling for a hazardous material
Australia switches to GHS Labeling for a hazardous material

  Australia’s classification of a ‘hazardous’ material has changed, furthermore to the UK approach and is now the GHS ‘Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals’, published by the United Nations.  Before the release in September 2015 of the new hazardous labeling code of practice, Australia classified and stored chemicals as per the ADG […]

What are my legal WHS duties as an employer?
What are my legal WHS duties as an employer?

WHS duties in the workplace are regulated by occupational legislation to enforce workplace health and safety within businesses. The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 outlines a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) has a duty of care.  Section 13 to 18 states a person can have more than one duty e.g. a PCBU […]

Is your workplace causing you noise sensitivity?
Is your workplace causing you noise sensitivity?

Noise sensitivity is called Hyperacusis and is when the brains central auditory processing centre perceives noise and is experienced as pain.  Some known causes are: changes in hearing i.e. ageing process one-off exposure to loud noise a slap on the ear chronic exposure to noise, such as working in a noisy environment certain medications head […]

Occupational Dermatitis – Have you a work itch??
Occupational Dermatitis – Have you a work itch??

Occupational dermatitis is where a substance removes fats, oils and water from skin, once penetrated the sensitisation reaction starts.  After a period of 4 days to 3 weeks allergenic substance mixes with the skins proteins and is absorbed by the bloods lymphocytes.  A re-exposed individual skin reacts by releasing lymphokines from the damaged tissue and […]

The importance of good air quality in the workplace or home
The importance of good air quality in the workplace or home

Occupational Matters IAQ health check will ensure your office safety Indoor environments are enclosed and air quality is reduced from lack of ‘new’ air entering the area.  There are four major contributing factors to IAQ pollutant sources; heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems, pollutant pathways and people.  Air quality can be improved by eliminating pollutants, controlling […]

Heat Stress Editorial by Occupational Matters published by Safety Solutions
Heat Stress Editorial by Occupational Matters published by Safety Solutions

Check out our first published editorial on  a project  for a client completed by Occupational Matters Hygienist Samantha Sims. If you have a heat stress issue our consultants can perform heat stress monitoring and help your business find a solution. http://safetysolutions.net.au/content/personal-protection-equipment/article/managing-heat-stress-in-the-workplace-62981826

What is an asbestos register?
What is an asbestos register?

Buildings in Australia typically contain asbestos if built during 1940’s up until as late as 1980. Uses ranged from fire retardant coatings, concrete, bricks, pipes and fireplace cement, heat, fire, and acid resistant gaskets, pipe insulation, ceiling insulation, fireproof drywall, flooring, roofing, lawn furniture, and drywall joint compound. As old structures age these materials may […]

How often should an occupational assessment be performed?
How often should an occupational assessment be performed?

Occupational hygiene compliance the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Chapter 3 Part 3.1 Clause 33) outlines a duty holder is required to manage possible health and safety risks by implementing the following conditions to the workplace: • A requirement not to exceed an exposure standard; • A duty to implement a specific control measure, […]