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HSW Handbook Approval: Plant/Equipment Safety Management – Acquisition, Installation and Commissioning FAQs

The HSW Team have revised the FAQ for Plant/Equipment Safety Management to assist areas to meet the requirements for the Acquisition, Hiring, Installation and Commission. The FAQs include updated information on: Why there is a need to consider safety when purchasing or hiring plant/equipment? What needs to be considered during the purchase/hiring, installation and commissioning […]

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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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Gas regulator and manifold scheduled maintenance

An important message regarding a recent university audit finding. Under the University’s internal audit plan, an audit was recently conducted on the maintenance of compressed gas regulators and manifolds in the University. It was observed that there was a low degree of compliance with regard to routine maintenance. Please see below for some guidance notes. […]

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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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Gas manifolds and regulators – maintenance requirements

Gas manifolds and regulators are required to be maintained Background The University’s gas supplier (BOC) conducted an audit of gas cylinders in August 2016 and during this audit they found that it was not clear if gas manifolds or regulators have been maintained. Over the years there has been no safety/hazard reports for regulators or […]

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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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The importance of ensuring safe-guarding of plant and equipment

This News Blog is to raise awareness on the importance of ensuring our safe-guarding of plant/equipment continues to meet WHS Legislative requirements and cannot be easily removed without tools. “In January 2013 a worker at Olgas Fine Foods Pty Ltd suffered a crush injury to the hand when checking the drive chain of an automated […]

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HSW Handbook Approval: Plant/Equipment Safety Management

The revised Plant/Equipment HSW Handbook chapter has been approved and is now available to view. Changes to note are: Electrical Testing and Tagging Revised requirements for Electrical testing and tagging to align with the new legislation. (Please note that Appendix H includes decision trees to assist and clarify what is/isn’t required to be tested.  A […]

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