Hazardous goods > Handling

Tradespersons still at risk of asbestos exposure

19 February, 2010

Safe Work Australia has issued a warning to tradespeople about the dangers of working with asbestos.

Inadequate safety systems for chemicals results in prosecution

15 February, 2010

A Victorian company that manufactures fireproof clothing was fined $135,000 over an incident where a worker received corrosive chemical burns to the face.

New methyl bromide research in NZ

09 February, 2010

Research findings by the University of Canterbury in New Zealand that point to the hazards of fumigant methyl bromide have been welcomed by Maritime Union.

Dealing with asbestos in Tasmania

09 February, 2010

A new report on handling asbestos has been released by the Tasmanian government.

Industrial cleaner linked to increased risk of Parkinson’s disease

09 February, 2010

A recent study in the US has linked Parkinson's disease with a once-popular industrial cleaner.

Cabinet-making campaign in WA reveals areas of concern

04 February, 2010

An extensive WorkSafe WA inspection campaign in cabinet-making workplaces has revealed some significant areas of concern about safety issues.

Champion Compressors Electronic Service Device

28 January, 2010

A customised wireless handheld Electronic Service Device (ESD) is now being used by Champion Compressors service technicians.

AMS Instrumentation HygroPro intrinsically safe moisture transmitter

27 January, 2010 by

HygroPro is a loop-powered, intrinsically safe moisture transmitter for measuring the moisture content in gases and non-aqueous liquids in pipeline natural gas, petrochemical, power generation, pharmaceutical, process and industrial applications.

Nano: the new science with lots of unanswered questions

19 December, 2009

Greater transparency and public engagement about the potential opportunities and risks presented by nanotechnology is required, according to a new report by The Australia Institute.

How safe are nanotechnologies?

01 December, 2009 by Kevin Jones

Cost-benefit analysis is a challenging element of safety management because managers can choose between adequate safety and possible benefits from production with a lower level of safety. OHS law in most states allows for an almost formal assessment in managing a hazard or risk ‘as far as is reasonably practicable’. But what if that hazard is unknown? Does that mean that a cost-benefit analysis is easy because the cost cannot be determined?

Macquarie Industrial Solutions BioSpray D2 Surface Sanitiser and Disinfectant

18 November, 2009

Macquarie Industrial Solutions' BioSpray D2 Surface Sanitiser and Disinfectant kills 99.999% of viruses and bacteria and is said to save 55-68% on labour costs as it uses 60-88% less product. It is non-corrosive, non-flammable and no rinse.

New hazardous areas standards released

19 October, 2009

A series of Australian Standards, addressing hazardous areas, have been updated to bring them in line with international standards.

TODO dry break systems

13 October, 2009

TODO, said to be a world leader in the manufacture of dry break fluid transfer systems with over 30 years' experience, now has a new Australian distributor, Integrated Transfer Solutions.

SA wine bottler fined over scald injury

28 September, 2009

A company that services the wine industry in South Australia has been fined over an incident in which an employee was scalded by hot water.

Gas explosion leaves man injured

22 September, 2009

A worker was seriously injured when a bank of gas bottles he was handling exploded.

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