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Significant Changes for Workplace Safety: Immediate Reduction in the Workplace Exposure Standard for Welding Fumes

In a significant move toward ensuring safer work environments, Work Health and Safety Ministers have recently sanctioned an immediate reduction in the workplace exposure standard (WES) for welding fumes (not otherwise classified). This reduction sees the 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) drop from 5 mg/m³ to a more stringent 1 mg/m³. This pivotal change to the...

An Introduction to Silica Dust: Definition, Sources, and Hazards 

In the pursuit of maintaining safe and healthy workplaces, Australian businesses face a myriad of occupational hazards. Among them, one often overlooked danger is silica dust—an invisible threat that can have severe consequences for both workers and organisations. Silica dust, a microscopic airborne particle, poses a significant risk to workers across various industries. Hence, understanding...

Overview of Decision Regulation Impact Statement: Prohibition on the use of Engineered Stone 

The Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) focuses on the prohibition of the use of engineered stone. It provides an overview of the background, objectives, and purpose of government intervention in this matter. The DRIS considers three options and analyses their costs, benefits, and potential health outcomes. The report also includes consultation feedback and provides a...

Conducting Hearing Tests are Now Mandatory in NSW 

The New South Wales Government has granted approval for the implementation of Clause 58, focused on Audiometric Testing, within the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulation 2017, effective starting January 1, 2024. This decision follows a comprehensive period of public consultation held in 2022. Impact on Businesses  In cases where a business necessitates its employees...

Effective Silica Dust Control Measures: Best Practices for Ensuring Workplace Safety

Silica dust is a hazardous material that can cause serious health problems if not properly controlled in the workplace. Inhalation of this fine particulate matter can lead to serious respiratory conditions, including silicosis and lung cancer. It is crucial to implement effective silica dust control measures to ensure workplace safety. In this blog, we will...

How to Choose Audiometric Consultants?  

Workplace audiometric assessments involve audiometric screening of employees, and audiometric screeners play a key role. Audiometry screening is critical for safeguarding employees exposed to loud or high-frequency noises as part of their job. Audiometric Screening A hearing test assesses a person’s ability to hear sounds of varying pitch and loudness. Below are certain signs when...

Safeguarding the Work Environment: Best Practices for Flour Dust Exposure Reduction 

Flour dust exposure poses significant health and safety risks in industries such as baking, milling, and food processing. The airborne particles generated during these processes can lead to respiratory issues, allergic reactions, and even explosive hazards. Protecting workers from the potential dangers of flour dust inhalation requires proactive measures and adherence to best practices in...

Managing Flour Dust in the Workplace: Effective Control Measures 

Flour dust (from grains such as oats, wheat, and barley) is a common occupational hazard faced by various industries, particularly bakeries, food processing facilities, and flour mills. Flour dust poses a significant threat to workers’ health, leading to respiratory issues such as asthma and can potentially be an explosive hazard. With increasing awareness of workplace...

Respirable Crystalline Silica in the Workplace: Monitoring and Compliance Strategies

Silica is a common mineral found in many materials commonly used in construction, manufacturing, and other industries. But did you know that exposure to respirable crystalline silica in the workplace can be extremely hazardous to human health? In fact, it is known to cause lung cancer, silicosis, and other respiratory diseases. This is why Safe...

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