Asbestos Awareness Week has opened today with the theme of â€˜Asbestos Dust Killsâ€™, with statistics revealing that Australia has the highest incidence of mesothelioma in the world.
A productivity report into Standards Australia has recommended more organisations be accredited to develop Australian standards, as well as the adoption of more international standards.
Information on a new global system for the classification and labelling of chemicals was released by the ASCC this week.
Without monitoring, it is not possible to determine if a shipping container is safe to enter. Regulations, such as those of WorkSafe Victoria, have guidelines requiring 24 hour open-door ventilation. Similarly, the Australian Standard Fumigation Procedures require at least six hours' ventilation of containers after fumigation.
Statistics released yesterday by the ASCC suggest that Australian workplaces are becoming safer.
Builders and construction workers in the ACT have been warned to comply with fencing and security guidelines to keep children off construction sites in the school holidays.
New licensing requirements for the commercial removal of asbestos were announced yesterday by NSW Minister for Commerce, John Della Bosca.
SafeWork SA has issued a safety warning following a run of four workplace accidents in one 24-hour period.
Prohibition notices stopping some of the work at an Adelaide building site remain in place after three workers were taken to hospital with smoke inhalation on 13 July.
Workplace safety authorities across Australia and New Zealand have joined forces to improve the level of compliance in demolition work and any associated asbestos removal work that creates potential risks to workers and the general public.