Fire

Latest threat in the combustible cladding crisis

18 March, 2020 by Mark Waller, Chris Erfurt and Tara Mulroy* | Supplied by: Clayton Utz

Australia's combustible cladding crisis continues with Biowood not compliant with the Building Code of Australia in multi-storey residential properties.


Building standard safeguards against future bushfires

28 February, 2020

The Australian Government and Standards Australia will jointly fund access for all Australians to AS 3959:2018 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas until 30 June 2021.


Tired firefighters feeling the (back) strain

28 January, 2020

As Australia's firefighters are pushed to their limits, new research suggests their lower back pain can impact on the severity of insomnia they face.


Managing bushfire smoke health risks when working outdoors

27 January, 2020

Bushfires burning across Victoria have led to increasing smoke levels, which can adversely impact those exposed to particles in bushfire smoke.


Five-year high for NSW mobile plant fires

22 January, 2020

There were 141 instances of mobile plant fires in NSW in 2019, and "a significant rise" in underground fires, according to a new report.


Hazards lurk in the wake of fire

14 January, 2020

Those affected by the bushfires are being advised to remain vigilant, even after the fires have passed and assessment, clean-up and recovery work is undertaken.


Looking after employee needs when disaster strikes

20 November, 2019 by Aaron Goonrey, Kaitlyn Gulle and Cameron Hannebery* | Supplied by: Lander & Rogers

Current NSW and Qld fires are a reminder for employers to review crisis responses. Lawyers Aaron Goonrey, Kaitlyn Gulle and Cameron Hannebery offer guidance.


Cygnus Wireless Alarm System

06 November, 2019 | Supplied by: Checkpoint Fire Safety Products

The Cygnus Wireless Alarm System is a modular system that can be used for site evacuation, first aid alerts and fire detection.


Combustible cladding crisis: state governments' response

16 October, 2019 by Kingsley Grimshaw* | Supplied by: Barry.Nilsson.

Australia's state governments are grappling with updated combustible cladding regulations. Lawyer Kingsley Grimshaw outlines the response.


'Multi-sensory virtual environments' offer safety benefits

04 October, 2019 | Supplied by: University of Nottingham

New research out of the UK suggests that virtual reality technology combined with multi-sensory stimulation has the potential to improve safety training.


Innovations for fire risk reduction in mining

02 October, 2019 by Jason Andrews-Reid* | Supplied by: Elastomers Australia

Jason Andrews-Reid, OH&S Manager at Elastomers Australia, outlines a few industry innovations aimed at reducing fire risk in mining.


Evacuate immediately: construction workers "risking their lives"

16 September, 2019 | Supplied by: Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

New UK research finds that high-rise construction site workers are "risking their lives" by not responding immediately to evacuation alarms.


Queensland's cladding reforms

21 August, 2019 by Scott Watson and Aisling Scott* | Supplied by: King & Wood Mallesons

Lawyers Scott Watson and Aisling Scott from King & Wood Mallesons discuss the Queensland Government's planned combustible cladding ban on new builds.


Johnson Controls Vigilant T-Gen2 emergency warning systems

24 January, 2019 | Supplied by: Johnson Controls Australia Pty Ltd

The Johnson Controls Vigilant T-Gen2 Grade 2 and Grade 3 emergency warning systems can be configured to suit most installation requirements.


What are the risks with fire safety upgrades?

12 December, 2018 by Charles Fortin, Managing Director, Collard Maxwell Architects

It is essential to have a clear strategy in place for delivering fire safety upgrades.


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