Hazardous goods

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.

Hefty fine for lessons not learned

23 April, 2008

An air-conditioning company was fined $120,000 after a vehicle containing bottles of flammable gas exploded in suburban Sydney.

Drum-top funnel

21 April, 2008 | Supplied by: Spill Control Systems Pty Ltd

The Bung Access Ultra-Funnel is a drum-top funnel which allows access to the ¾" drum bung.

Revamping emergency services technology

10 April, 2008

NICTA has teamed with the Queensland Department of Emergency Services and Brisbane ICT company Locatrix Communications to develop tools to help emergency services stay abreast of unfolding situations.

WorkCover to target wine industry safety

04 April, 2008

Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca recently announced a new WorkCover safety campaign targeting the NSW wine industry.

Explosives transportation draft code out for public comment

03 April, 2008

The Australian Forum of Explosives Regulators (AFER) recently released a draft of the Australian Code for ‘Transport of Explosives by Road and Rail, Third Edition’ (Australian Explosives Code) for public comment.

NSW shuts out specialised workers compensation insurers

26 March, 2008

The NSW government has announced that the state’s workers compensation system is now closed to any specialised workers compensation insurers.

Fast extraction system slashes cleaning duties for powder coater

06 March, 2008 | Supplied by: Donaldson Australasia Pty Ltd

A powder coating facility on the Gold Coast has completely upgraded its dust handling system to optimise occupational health and safety standards for employees, plus gain a system that is largely self-cleaning

Pipe fittings

21 February, 2008 | Supplied by: Philmac Pty Ltd

Philmac has released a range of pipe fittings with improved durability and unique safety features, specifically for the mining industry.

New asbestos regulations

11 January, 2008

WorkCover NSW issued a reminder that as of 1 January 2008, the threshold for the removal, repair and disturbance of bonded asbestos has been reduced to 10 m².

'Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities' goes online

18 December, 2007

The Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) chair, John Watson, today announced the launch of a website for the national body at www.hwsa.org.au.

Remembering Bernie Banton

05 December, 2007

A state funeral held today has honoured Bernie Banton, the face of anti-asbestos campaigns across Australia, after his death last Tuesday.

Industry expert receives QTA Safety Award

30 November, 2007

Peter Thompson from Kagan Logistics has received the 2007 Queensland Trucking Association Industry Safety Award, presented by the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA).

Contractor’s guilt no mitigation for employer’s culpability

29 November, 2007

A NSW company has been fined $130,000 for risks taken by one of their contractors.

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