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Heat Stress – Cause, Health Effects, Assessment and Controls 

Heat stress is the average heat load an industrial worker might be subjected to as a result of the combined effects of work-related processes and atmospheric conditions such as humidity, air temperature, radiant heat exchange, air movement, and clothing requirements. It is most commonly caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures and can be exacerbated...

Welding and Thermal Cutting Fume Exposure and Solutions Guide 

The various industrial welding and thermal cutting processes produce fumes and cause serious hazards to workers undertaking the job. A huge cohort of workers is potentially regularly exposed to welding fume, contributing significantly to the work-related burden of disease and injury (IARC, 2018). Welders are potentially exposed to metal fumes, gases, ultraviolet radiation, noise, electric...

Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust, Occupational Hazards 

Respirable crystalline silica dust produced from processes done on products in the manufacturing and construction industries is a serious concern for organisations in Australia. It is harmful to the workers exposed to it and can cause life-threatening illnesses. This blog will discuss respirable crystalline silica dust, products and processes that produce it, precautions that need...

Importance of Workplace Exposure Standards and Changes in Australia 

Workplace Exposure Standards have been in place in Australia since 1995 to help businesses eliminate or reduce the harmful chemicals to which their workers are exposed. They aim to promote Workplace Health and Safety as per the regulation and laws established in the country to secure employee health. The various chemical manufacturing and other industries...

Isocyanate Compounds – A Guide on Exposure, Hazards, and Precautions  

Isocyanate compounds are harmful chemicals used in various manufacturing materials like plastics, paints, polyurethane foams, rubbers, adhesives, and varnishes. Isocyanates are available in a variety of forms. A paint hardener labelled to be free of isocyanates—that is, no isocyanate monomers2—could still be toxic due to a high proportion of other isocyanate forms, including polymeric isocyanates....

Vibration Testing – A Complete Guide

Vibration Testing is crucial for workers’ safety in Australia. The 2018-2019 Safe Work Australia statistics state that from the total compensation provided to the workers, 87% was for musculoskeletal disorders, and 40% for joint, ligament, muscle, and tendon injuries. Vibration Testing A vibration test is an assessment to identify the various machine parts that cause...

Acoustic Consultant –Roles and Responsibility Guide

Acoustic Consultant An acoustic consultant is a certified sound and vibrations professional who helps businesses understand noise and test and design measures to control it as per the client’s requirement. Also called acoustics engineers, acousticians, or sound technicians, they utilise the scientific knowledge of the movement of sound through space in designing and enhancing buildings,...

Engineered Stone Licence Compliance Guide

Engineered Stone Licence is a licence offered to businesses complying with all requirements and safety measures to employ engineered stone procedures at their workplaces in Australia. It aims to safeguard workers’ health from the dangers of crystalline silica dust, which is a result of an engineered stone process. An engineered stone is known as a...

Anitech’s Occupational Hygiene Monitoring Services

Occupational Hygiene Monitoring Workplace Occupational Hygiene monitoring helps identify the hazard exposure, assess risk, and find solutions to overcome or eliminate them. It complements a company’s entire risk management of safety issues and the health effects of hazards on workers. These results serve as inputs to regulate exposure to workplace contaminants. The monitoring must be...

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