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A new national guide for Working with silica and silica containing products provides information about controlling the risks of exposure to silica dust when working with silica and products containing silica. This includes information on hazardous activities such as drilling or cutting rock, concrete, brick, etc.

SafeWork Australia guidance material informs the minimum standards that must be applied and should not be ignored or dismissed as a guide only.

To learn more about silica, visit the crystalline silica and silicosis web page.

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The HSW Team have revised the FAQS for Respiratory Protection Equipment to assist users with the selection, use and maintenance of suitable equipment.

It includes information on:

  • When Respiratory Protection Equipment should be considered as a control measure
  • The types of Respiratory Protection Equipment available
  • The selection, use, maintenance and storage requirements of Respiratory Protection Equipment
  • Relevant Australian Standards and reference material.
Further information

Should you require further information please contact your local HSW contact.

 

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The HSW Team have revised the FAQS for Cyanides to guide workers and supervisors in general precautions, storage and emergency responses.

It includes information on:

  • Links to reference material
  • Why cyanides warrant special care
  • What should be considered before starting any experiment with cyanides
  • What to do in an emergency with cyanides.
Further information

Should you require further information please contact your local HSW contact.

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The HSW Team have revised the FAQS for Cryogenic substances to guide workers and supervisors. It includes information on: Why cryogenic substances warrant special care What level of information, instruction and training is required for cryogenic substances What needs to be considered before handling and transporting cryogenic substances What to do in an emergency with […]

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The HSW Team have revised the FAQS for Emergency Safety Shower and Eyewash Testing to guide the University on the testing requirements. The information should be read in conjunction with the Chemical Safety Management and First Aid Management HSW Handbook chapters. It includes information on: The required testing frequency for plumbed emergency showers, eyewash’s and […]

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Take care in buying commercially available, high powered laser pointers. Recently a laser pointer was purchased in Rundle Mall at by one of the Physics Department academic staff. On noticing that the laser seemed quite bright, it was tested by the laser research group. The result is that the strength of the laser pointer is […]

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 Human Resources have been working on a revised version of the Healthy Safety and Wellbeing Policy. The key changes to the chapter for noting are – The Area Manager now has the delegated authority to approve (1) “Very High” residual risk (in lieu of the Vice-Chancellor); and (2) Faculty/Division/School/Branch activities, in accordance with the HSW […]

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The revised HSW Handbook Chapter “First Aid Management” has now been posted on the HSW Website. Please note that following the stakeholder consultation, a number of additional changes have been made, to assist clarify/provide flexibility when assessing the first aid needs for your areas. The key changes and references to the chapter for noting are: […]

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The HSW Team have revised the FAQS for Workers and reproductive toxicity to provide general information and guidance for female and male workers. It includes information on: The Agents in the University that can affect reproduction (fertility, pregnancy or breast feeding) How to identify chemicals/substances that are toxic to reproduction or cause heritable damage. What […]

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The University will be closed for business from Wednesday, 25 December 2019 and will reopen in the new year on Thursday, 2 January 2020. Public Holidays and Annual Leave Days Wednesday 25 December 2019 Christmas Day Public Holiday Thursday 26 December 2019 Proclamation Day Public Holiday Friday 27 December 2019 University Day as per clause […]

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