Workers in cold storage environments are at risk of cold stress, making personal protective equipment (PPE) a critical last line of defence against frostbite, hypothermia and death. According to WorkSafe Victoria’s Safe Operations of Cold Storage Facilities Handbook, a cold environment is defined as one in which greater than normal bodily heat losses occur. Without […]
Personal Protective Equipment
As Australia heads into an opioid crisis, the extent of illicit drug use among blue collar workers is of increasing concern, especially given the associated safety risks.
While illegal opioids, such as heroin, may immediately spring to mind, misuse of prescription opioids, including morphine and oxycodone, is a more significant problem.
A 29-year old man has escaped with minor scratches and a small fracture to his hand after a DIY project went wrong.
Arda Hancioglu (pictured) was using an angle grinder to create a fire pit for his backyard when the cutting disc broke and he lost control of the tool.
It is the responsibility of the user to always inspect PPE before use to ensure it is in good working condition. Some critical PPE has an expiry or “best before” date, after which its ability to deliver the protection it was designed for is compromised. Safety harnesses, hard hats, disposable respirators and sunscreen are four […]
Australians suffer around 50 000 eye injuries every year even though many of them were wearing eye protection at the time of their injury. Safety eyewear is often incorrectly fitted, is not rated appropriately for the task or does not provide adequate protection. Subsequently, injuries often occur when foreign bodies enter under, over or around […]
Whether it’s re-doing the garden, transforming a living room or renovating the kitchen, many Australians love spending their summer holidays on a household project. The festive season sees a surge in ‘do-it-yourselfers’ with home renovation retailers like Bunnings bracing for their busiest period – sales increased by 23 per cent in the Christmas quarter compared […]
There are numerous short and long term health and safety hazards when working with chemicals including organ damage and cancer, respiratory, skin and eye irritation and potential explosion, fire and smoke related injuries. Most people are exposed to chemicals when they inhale vapours, dusts, fumes or gases, while absorption through the skin may also be […]