Safe Work Australia updates Hazardous Substances Information System

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jul, 2012

Safe Work Australia has recently updated the entry in Hazardous Substances Information (HSIS) for formaldehyde based on the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) Priority Existing Chemical Assessment Report for formaldehyde. The update includes a change to the carcinogen classification from category 3 (limited evidence of a carcinogenic effect) to category 2 (may …

NT: Safety Training Company Fined $140,000 after Gas Explosion

Reported by Julia | 09 Jan, 2012

A safety and emergency training company was last week fined $140,000 by the Darwin Magistrates Court for breaching the Workplace Health and Safety Act. It was the second company to be fined which had been involved in the 2009 gas explosion at a Berrimah training centre which resulted in injuries to five trainee firefighters. The NT WorkSafe …

VIC: Factory Acid Leak Causes Evacuations

Reported by Julia | 10 Oct, 2011

Fire crews have contained a nitric acid leak from a factory in Melbourne last Friday. The leak, which caused the release of a cloud of highly irritant vapour, led to evacuations and warnings to residents to stay indoors. Fifteen people were evacuated from the factory in Scoresby early on Friday afternoon and workers from surrounding factories …

WA: Fire at Nickel Plant leads to Evacuation

Reported by Julia | 05 Apr, 2011

Workers at the Mount Keith nickel plant have claimed they were forced to flee the site after an apparent explosion yesterday morning. A spokesperson for the nickel operator, Samantha Stevens has denied the claims and said that only a minor fire took place inside a steel tank in the construction area of the nickel site …

SA: Fertiliser Stockpile in Port May Cause Mass Explosion – Report

Reported by Julia | 29 Oct, 2010

A blast zone kilometres-wide would be produced by an explosion in Port Adelaide, in which fertiliser weighing up to 160 tonnes are stored, reports reveal. SafeWork SA released a report stating that stockpiles of ammonium nitrate in a plant might “mass explode” and devastate nearby areas, including a planned residential zone. It says even a …

QLD: Update on National Harmonisation of OHS Laws

Reported by Julia | 22 Oct, 2010

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has affirmed its commitment for the harmonisation Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws, stating that it will continue working with other jurisdictions over the coming year. Workplace Relations Ministers from around Australia had come to a consensus in 2008 to nationally harmonise OHS laws. Currently, Safe Work Australia is …

QLD: WHSQ Advises Businesses About Regulatory Changes

Reported by Julia | 20 Oct, 2010

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is reminding businesses of the amendments to the Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2008 and the Dangerous Goods Safety Management Regulation 2001 The regulatory changes, which commenced on 25 June 2010, give recognition to the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) as an alternative option to …

SA: Chicken Factory Under Fire over Discrimination Claims

Reported by Julia | 15 Oct, 2010

A migrant worker has allegedly been subjected to workplace bullying, racism and intimidation at a poultry plant in Wingfield, the State Parliament has been told. Taylor MP Leesa Vlahos addressed the Parliament, revealing serious complaints on the treatment of workers at the chicken processing plant. Dave Garland of the National Union of Workers (NUW) said …

WA: WorkSafe to Weed Out Unsafe Garden Outlets

Reported by Julia | 04 Oct, 2010

WorkSafe WA has launched a campaign to improve health and safety in garden centres and nurseries. WorkSafe inspectors have started visiting gardening outlets in metropolitan and regional areas to ensure health and safety laws are being complied. According to WorkSafe Director Manufacturing, Transport and Service Industries Joe Attard, it is important for gardening retailers to …

VIC: WorkSafe Inspector Shares Safety Insights

Reported by Julia | 25 Sep, 2010

A WorkSafe inspector of 11 years shares his experiences on the job, and quips that his role is like “hamburger with the lot”. Dan Nolan, a Senior Inspector in the manufacturing, logistics and agriculture industry, says inspectors see everything in the workplaces they visit. “I deal with people from all walks of life and across …

NSW: Toxic Fumes Escape from Water Treatment Plant

Reported by Julia | 23 Sep, 2010

The release of toxic fumes from a water treatment plant at Murwillumbah yesterday has prompted an emergency evacuation of several homes in the area. Around 10 residents on New South Wales’ north were asked to leave their homes just after midday after something went wrong during the cleaning process of a chlorine tank at the …

Info System on Hazardous Substances to be Updated

Reported by Julia | 22 Sep, 2010

Safe Work Australia has announced it is in the process of updating the Hazardous Substances Information System online database. The update comprises of a total of 456 entries, which will also reflect the changes in Europe’s 31st Adaptation to Technical Progress to Directive 67/548/EEC. The database for hazardous substances is expected to contain 360 new …

WA: WorkSafe Warns of Powder Coating Dangers

Reported by Julia | 14 Sep, 2010

WorkSafe WA has turned its attention to powder coating operations following a recent survey revealing a lack of awareness of the hazards associated with the procedure. Joe Attard, WorkSafe’s Director Manufacturing, Transport and Service Industries, said the safety watchdog conducted a targeted inspection of 34 metropolitan and regional businesses. They found many businesses had limited …

QLD: Safety Exemptions Revoked in Rural Areas

Reported by Julia | 09 Sep, 2010

Farmers and workers in rural industries in Queensland will have to deal with new safety rules beginning this month after the phase out of legislated occupational health and safety exemptions. Dr Simon Blackwood, Executive Director for Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), said the phasing out of exemptions, which began in 1990, mandates rural property …

VIC: Apprentice Fined for Workplace Prank

Reported by Julia | 17 Jul, 2010

The Ringwood Magistrates’ Court has convicted an apprentice on July 1 after setting a new worker on fire as a prank. The workplace prank took place on January 2008 at a Hallam workshop, where three apprentice mechanics sprayed brake-cleaning fluid on a colleague and set the flammable chemical alight. The injured apprentice had been working …

WA: Inspections for Restaurants All Set

Reported by Julia | 15 Jul, 2010

WorkSafe WA has launched an inspection program aimed at improving OHS standards in restaurants. As part of the program, restaurants across the state will be randomly chosen and inspected. Inspections will continue throughout the financial year and will cover both regional and metropolitan areas. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Nina Lyhne said the campaign will focus on …

WA: WorkSafe sets sights on sporting venues

Reported by Julia | 13 Jul, 2010

Sporting facilities are the latest worksites to be targeted by WorkSafe for its inspection campaign. WorkSafe inspectors have started looking into safety standards of various venues. The inspections will focus on yacht clubs, bowling greens, bowling alleys and aquatic centres. The program will continue throughout this financial year in both regional and metropolitan areas. According …