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Hazard Alert – Laser Pointers

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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Hazard Alert: Comsol — 4 Port USB Travel Charger

Recall Notice Comsol-travel-charger (Feb 2018).pdf What are the defects? The main body of the USB travel charger may become separated from the detachable 2 pin plug, leaving the 2 pin plug in the electrical socket. If this happens, live pins will be exposed. What are the hazards? There is a risk of electric shock if […]

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Hazard Alert – Target 4 Slice Toaster

Recall Notice Target 4 slice toaster Recall Notice 24.7.17.pdf (48.39 KB) What are the defects? The toaster may overheat due to internal component failure. What are the hazards? Risk of fire or electric shock. Dates available for sale 18 May 2017 – 20 July 2017 Action Required Immediately stop using the product and return it […]

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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: Power boards – PowerLeader and GSM International

There have been 2 recent recalls for power boards. Powerleader — 4 Outlet Surge Protected Heavy Duty Metal Power board IDENTIFICATION: Brand: PowerLeader model reference L54185 and the batch code JI12332. Sold between January 2016 and February 2017 Find out more. GSM International – CLICK 4 outlet power board IDENTIFICATION: Brand: CLICK 4 Outlet Power […]

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Heat stress and solar UV exposure

Heat stress and solar UV exposure Heat stress and solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure are recognised risks to workers health and safety when they undertake outdoor tasks or activities. Schools and Branches of the University should have contingencies in place to ensure that any planned outdoor activities can be modified and actions taken to minimise […]

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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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Hazard Alert – Cold Storage Facilities

Following a recent fatality, SafeWork SA has issued a safety alert relating to coldroom storage facilities. The safety alert highlights the hazards and risks relating to walk-in coldrooms and freezers. Find out more.

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Hardware Recalls

HSO’s and staff should be aware that Technology Services have created a webpage to alert staff and users to voluntary and safety recalls of technology hardware. Details of the current recalls can be found here. For any further guidance or support please contact the Technology Service Centre on 33000

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Hazard Alert: Travel to Paris – DFAT advice for those travelling to Paris and Ile de France area.

Please be advised that the Australian government has updated its travel advice for those considering travel to Paris. The Official Advice has been downgraded from “Reconsider your need for travel” (Level 3) to “High degree of caution” (Level 2). This updated Official Advice means that travel to Paris no longer requires sign off from the the […]

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