The end of the year is fast approaching and I think for most people they will be glad to see the back of this challenging year. While COVID halted our business for a period we are now working all over the country providing quality advice and services to our clients.
I have been pleased at the growing amount of conversations I am having with business leaders about the next steps after we have completed exposure monitoring. There has been a real mind shift for many businesses about the need for controlling exposures on a continual improvement basis.
Our hazardous substances team has been asked to be involved in some really interesting consultancy projects. These include assisting with design of large scale storage warehouses, training and use requirements for new chemicals, and large scale compliance audits.
I am really proud of how the whole team has adapted and pushed on and are continuing to work hard to make your team safe and healthy.
Health Monitoring and Exposure Monitoring - Do You Understand the Difference?
These terms are often used interchangeably but they are quite different and both very important to manage the health of your team.
Health monitoring is where tests are conducted on the person’s body to assess their health and determine if there have been any changes to their health. Health monitoring includes hearing tests (audiometry), pre-employment checks, and urine sampling to check for heavy metals.
Exposure monitoring is where a workers exposure to a health hazard in the workplace is assessed. This can be done by measuring the amount of substance at their breathing zone by placing equipment on the worker while they carry out their work.
We're excited to announce a new product to our customers that ensures the PPE controls that have been put in place are effective at protecting worker health, now as well as their long term health.
All workers need to be trained in using and maintaining the RPE (Respiratory Protection Equipment), it should fit the worker correctly, the correct RPE should be used for different substances and there should be monitoring to ensure all this is happening.
We'll provide you with all you need to run a Respiratory Protection Programme, including templates for forms, registers and training on how to administer the programme. Of course, we'll also be at the end of the phone to give assistance whenever its needed.
Call us on 0800 366 3700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more information or to chat to one of our Occupational Hygienists.
Separation Distances for Class 6.1 & 8.2 Substances
Chemsafety have recently received clarification from WorkSafe regarding separation distances for class 6.1 and 8.2 substances. The separation distance from protected places for class 6.1 and 8.2 substances can be measured from an internal storage location through a building to a protected place within the same building. This requires that there is a clear designation of the hazardous substance location (e.g. a store, bund, fence, wall etc) and that the space that the hazardous substance location sits in (where the distance is being measured through) is not a protected place. If you think this update may help the compliance of your site, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing email@example.com
ACC Subsidy for Residential Construction Sector
ACC have launched a subsidy for SMEs in the residential construction sector to get health and safety advice from a HASANZ registered provider.
You can get advice on developing an action plan to minimise your hazards. Chemsafety can assist with an action plan for minimising health hazards in the workplace. If you are interested seek more information on ACC or contact Chemsafety to discuss.
Congratulations to our Managing Director and Principal Occupational Hygienist, Bridgette Jennings, on being elected to serve her second term on the Faulty of Asbestos Management Australia and New Zealand (FAMANZ) board at the inaugural AGM held on 13 August.
Bridgette was subsequently assigned the role of Vice Chair for the coming year. For more information on FAMANZ visit the website www.famanz.org
Free Webinar - 28 October 2020
Hazardous substance classifications 6 & 8 are treated differently in the Regulations. Join Janet Connochie, Senior Consultant & Compliance Certifier, to learn what substances are included in these classification, what you can and can’t do with them and how to manage them.