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Asbestos Awareness Week 2020

What is Asbestos? Asbestos. A word steeped with deep significance and weight in this country. A naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral, asbestos can be broken down into two main categories: friable, and bonded asbestos. A mainstay material in Australia until the mid-1980s, Australia was one of the highest users per capita in the world, and used asbestos across an array of products – the building industry amounting for one-third of…

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New workplace standard for controlling dust in cabins to be released in early 2021

How cabins work as a dust control measure Vehicle cabins are a critical control, isolating operators from harmful airborne dusts in the outside environment. To ensure cabins are protecting workers, they require regular maintenance. Generally, this involves regularly replacing seals, cabin filters and maintaining positive pressure within the cabin. Currently, there is a shift occurring which is increasing regulation around cabins, focusing on improving the effectiveness of the cabin in filtering…

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GCG proudly sponsors the AIOH Virtual Symposium 2020

GCG are proud to sponsor the upcoming AIOH Virtual Symposium, which is being held from 30 November to 3 December 2020 in a new online format. Now in its 40th year, the event brings together hygienists and allied professionals to promote the science and practice of addressing health hazards in the workplace. This year’s event will focus on the important trends, needs, and research that impact…

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WA adopts new workplace exposure standards for respirable crystalline silica and coal dust

The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has announced changes to the workplace exposure standards for respirable crystalline silica and respirable coal dust. The original media statement release from Hon Bill Johnston MLA is available via this link. Respirable crystalline silica The standard (dated 27 October 2020) states that effective immediately employers must ensure that the workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica does not exceed…

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Reducing Dust Exposure: The importance of understanding particle size

It’s important to consider a range of factors when determining the level of risk that dust poses to worker health, including the type of dust, the size of the dust particles, the amount of dust in the air, and the length of exposure. Each of these factors is important to understand the potential for a worker to be exposed and how to effectively control the risk. This article will hone…

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