Hazardous goods

Safety concerns over nanoparticles

12 August, 2008

Quantum dot nanoparticles can penetrate the skin if there is an abrasion, highlighting concerns for healthcare workers or individuals involved in the manufacturing of quantum dots or doing research on potential biomedical applications of the nanoparticles.


Charges laid over Cyclone George deaths

05 August, 2008

WorkSafe WA will prosecute eight companies in connection with two deaths and serious harm caused to seven others during Cyclone George in March 2007.


ASCC publishes mesothelioma data

05 August, 2008

The Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) has agreed to publish online the ‘Preparing an estimate of the national pattern of exposure to asbestos in cases of malignant mesothelioma’ study — a statistical report analysing data from the WA mesothelioma register and from the NSW Dust Diseases Board.


Reminder to complete HSMAs

28 July, 2008

Comcare has issued a reminder that, under the OHS Act, companies need to complete their Health and Safety Management Arrangements (HSMAs) by 15 September 2008.


Scientific and Technical Gases partners with CAC Gas

24 July, 2008

Scientific and Technical Gases (STG), the UK’s largest independent manufacturer of calibration gases, is partnering with CAC Gas & Instrumentation in Australia and New Zealand.


Major hazard facility regulations amended

24 July, 2008

The updated major hazards facilities regulation has been published by WorkCover NSW in the NSW Government Gazette this July.


Do you need a dangerous goods security card?

22 July, 2008

The revamped West Australian dangerous goods safety legislation has introduced new requirements for those working with explosives and other substances considered to pose a security threat.


Hazardous substances information update

08 July, 2008

The Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) will be updating the listing of classified hazardous substances on the Hazardous Substances Information System (HSIS) online database, to reflect recent European regulation changes.


Flexible firestop foam

01 July, 2008 | Supplied by: Hilti (Aust) Pty Ltd

The CP 660 flexible firestop foam is a single-system solution for firestopping and smoke sealing, suitable for use in electrical installation work.


Industrial dust monitor

01 July, 2008 | Supplied by: Air Met Scientific Pty Ltd

The DynOptic Systems DSL-1000 opacity monitor is a dust particle and smoke monitoring system designed for use in industrial applications such as combustion processors, power stations, industrial boilers, furnaces, cement works, tunnels and underground car parks.


NOPSA investigates Varanus gas rupture

11 June, 2008

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA) has sent two inspectors to Varanus Island, off the Northwest Shelf, to investigate a major gas pipeline rupture and subsequent fire.


How anti-terrorism laws are increasing executive liability

10 June, 2008

Changes to the social and political landscape since the 11 September 2001 terrorism attacks have brought far-reaching changes in OHS laws and increased accountability and liability on C-level executives.


Demolition laws streamlined

16 May, 2008

NSW Fair Trading Minister Linda Burney has announced that demolition contractors will no longer be required to hold a Fair Trading licence.


Report on occupational diseases

12 May, 2008

An Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) document — Occupational Disease Indicators April 2008 — reports on the current trends of various diseases associated with occupations, providing credible baseline indicators in occupational disease.


Killjoys put lives at risk

29 April, 2008

Lives are being put at risk by ‘jobsworths and killjoys’ who hide behind health and safety legislation, according to Dr David Brown, chief executive at the Institution of Chemical Engineers.


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