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Amendments to the Controlled Substances (Poisons) Regulations 2011

What this means to the University. From the 1st July 2018 the Controlled Substances (Poisons) Regulations 2011 have increased the number of chemicals (https://www.police.sa.gov.au/services-and-events/licences-and-permits/chemical-diversion) requiring End User Statement signing. These chemicals have been identified by SAPOL as being involved in the manufacture of illicit drugs. Those researchers who order/purchase these chemicals will be required to […]

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Professional development: PPE – chemical protective gloves and respirators workshop

  This session would be suitable for HSW Officers who may be providing advice or need a refresher. Gloves and respirators are common in many lab, clinical, industrial and agricultural environments. Safety data sheets for chemicals often provide non-specific advice or simply refer to “suitable” or “impervious” gloves and respiratory protection. Choosing the wrong glove […]

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Hazard Alert: Use and disposal of inorganic azides

Hazard Inorganic azides such as sodium azide present a dual hazard; on top of the toxicity they are also explosive. Whilst sodium azide – the most commonly-used inorganic azide – is not particularly shock-sensitive, when flushed into drains it can react with heavier metals such as lead and copper. This can result in copper and […]

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Hazard Alert – Chemical Lab Explosion: Hawaii

The University of Hawaii had a lab explosion in 16th March this year that resulted in a postdoctoral researcher losing one of her arms. It is a timely reminder of the risks that researchers can face and the importance of hazard management processes. The incident at the University of Hawaii involved a compressed gas mixture […]

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HSO Forums – Chemical Management: Do you have to do anything differently? – 31 March 2015

HSO forums provide opportunities for networking, development and safety improvements. This particular forum will focus on Chemical Management Topic Chemical Management:  Do you have to do anything differently? Aim To discuss what HSO’s now do (and don’t) have to do as a result of new legislation and the revised Chemical Management Handbook Chapter. It’s also […]

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HSW Handbook Approval: Chemical Safety Management

The revised Chemical Safety Management HSW Handbook chapter has been approved and is now available to view The following changes have been incorporated to meet the requirements of Work Health and Safety (WHS) Legislation, provide additional clarification and also reduce administrative effort where there is no longer a requirement. Major changes The major changes to […]

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Health and Safety Officer (HSO) Forums

HSO Forums, supported by Human Resources, provide HSOs across the University with opportunities to network, develop and learn about the safety initiatives in other areas. Each forum is presented by our HSOs and  follows a standard agenda that includes: Welcome Mythbusters (HSW Handbook or WHS Legislation) Health, Safety and/or Wellbeing Innovation (Share innovative solutions to […]

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Recent Hazard Alerts released by SafeWork SA

Hazard Alerts SafeWork SA have recently issued safety alerts as a result of the following serious incidents. The Hazard alerts provide a summary of the incident, background, contributing factors and corrective action to be taken. If your School/Branch conducts similar activities it may provide an opportunity to review your risk assessment for the activity and […]

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