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ALTERNATE TO ROUNDUP?

Cancer causing or ‘Fake news’ By Guy LeNoir and Stuart Platt There has been a bit of public concern recently to ‘Round-Up’ and its link to cancer. Round-up is a herbicide weed killer with the main active ingredient ‘Glyphosate’. It was first developed by Monsanto in the 1970s (an American agrochemical & agricultural biotechnology). Mosanto is now owned by Bayer (a German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company). In Australia more than 500 Glyphosate products are available. Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It’s an organophosphorus compound (a phosphonate) and acts by inhibiting the plants enzymes. Its…

Chemicals Management When and Where you need it!

With a database of more than 50 Million Vendor (M)SDS and powerful tools to manage (M)SDS and their updates, Chemwatch is the trusted (M)SDS Management provider to more than 5,000 organisations, globally. Chemwatch maintains a team of Emergency Response Experts, available 24/7 in 150 Languages, GLOBALLY. This service is operated by an experienced team of Toxicologists, Environmental scientists, Chemists and Medical Doctors with 24/7 access to the world’s largest library of Chemical information. Chemwatch has released SmartSuite 2 APP, an upgrade to the original SmartSuite Platform. This system provides Chemicals Management tools on location (in the field), when are where…

HOW EFFECTIVE ARE YOUR RISK ASSESSMENTS?

Written by: Stuart Platt During our Audits and inspections, we often come across risk assessment that are generic templates (not specific) and do not reflect the activities being observed i.e. missed hazards, not site specific or the controls documented are not the ones implemented etc. Usually on further investigation it is identified that they were written by one person, workers were not consulted or involved with the development. Most of the time workers could not recall what was within the risk assessment and enough monitoring has not taken place to ascertain their suitability to the tasks at hand. A sound…

Do You Know Your Organisations Top 5 Risks

by Stuart Platt 11/12/2018 Have you ever been asked ‘What is your main hazard in your workplace?’ Were you able to answer? Well,do you know what your top 5 hazards are within your organisation? Most people/organisations only focus on the ‘big ticket item’ and sometimes forget the other potential risks, or they have a risk register (usually a template) which they rarely review. Most have generic hazards and controls and are rarely site specific. Rarely is there a specific risk assessment conducted and / or workers consulted. A sound risk assessment can produce the following benefits: lower insurance premiums reduced chance…

Lets talk about fatality rates in Australia in comparison to the United Kingdom

Written by Guy LeNoir Australian Work-related traumatic injury fatalities The work-related traumatic injury fatalities data provides statistics about people who die each year from injuries caused by work-related activity. It includes fatalities that result from an injury sustained in the course of a work activity (worker fatality) and as a result of someone else’s work activity (bystander fatality). Not all Data inclusions and exclusions are outlined below but can be found here. (https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/statistics-and-research/statistics/fatalities/fatality-statistics) In the 14 years from 2003 to 2016, 3,414 workers lost their lives in work-related incidents. In 2016, there were 182 worker fatalities, equating to a fatality…

WILL LITHIUM BE THE NEXT METAL POISONING?

WILL LITHIUM BE THE NEXT METAL POISONING? By Guy LeNoir – Director / SOS-Switched Onto Safety What is Lithium? Lithium is the lightest of metals, is an alkali metal and like all alkali metals, it is highly reactive with strong oxidants, acids and many compounds including concrete, sand (silica) and of all things, asbestos. Posing as a significant explosion and fire risk. In its natural state it is an unremarkable product contained in petalite, lepidolite and spodumene ores and also subsurface brines. Lithium in various forms is used for a variety of things including glazes, aluminium products, batteries, lubricating greases,…

WA Electrical Safety Code of Practice changes – SOS Talk (B)

Imminent legislative changes to electrical safety in Western Australia are about to come into effect! Do you know about them or are you ready? Changes are being made in the; Electrical (Licensing) Regulation of WA 1991, The Code of Practice to: Working on or near Energized Electrical Installations and amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996. The changes come into effect the 14th of May 2018, they are due to several factors: Since 2008 when a code of practice was released there has been no improvement in incident or injury rates. Far too many serious shocks, arc-flash incidents and electrocutions involve electricians…

Self Responsibility

Written by: Stuart Platt 8/8/17In our everyday interactions in the field, conducting audits and inspections for our clients, we are constantly identifying contractors, subcontractors, individual members of management teams and/or individual workers not following the site/project rules (or not abiding…

What should you know about Asbestos!

Written By Stuart Platt 22 December 2016 The threat is still out there Asbestos is the name given to a group of six different fibrous minerals occurring naturally in our environment—amosite, chrysotile, crocidolite, and the fibrous varieties of tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which has low treatment and refinement costs. Its unique properties of fire resistance, tensile strength, sound absorption, low electrical conductivity and chemical resistance made it a cheap and simple way to solve many material design problems relating to housing. Asbestos is found in the most unexpected and unlikely of places, when well…