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Occupational Hygiene

 

We provide services to establish compliance with State and Federal regulations and code of practice. Our assessment processes follow recognised methodology such as that in Australian Standards.

 

Service areas

 

Asbestos

Dangerous Goods

Exposure assessment of airborne particulates fibres, dusts, vapours, gases

Fume Cupboards

Hazardous Substances

Heat Stress

Indoor Air Quality

Material Safety Data Sheets

Lead

Lighting

Noise

Non-ionising radiation

Risk assessments

 

Other Service areas

 

Asbestos

 

Legislation / Guidelines

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

Worksafe Compliance Code Managing in workplaces

Worksafe Compliance Code Removing asbestos in workplaces

Methodology

Part 5 Asbestos Audit conduct audit comprising of the identification of asbestos containing materials at the worksite with a NATA accredited laboratory used for identification, and risk assessment through the consideration of factors such as the type of material, non-friable or friable, its condition, and the potential for damage.

Part 6 Asbestos Audit a destructive audit of buildings/structures for demolition/refurbishment purpose - identifies asbestos containing materials and other hazardous materials (lead, PCBs, synthetic mineral fibre)

Fibre Monitoring conducted during removal operations to assess the release of airborne fibre though collection at the perimeter of the worksite

Clearance Monitoring and assessments inspection and monitoring at the completion of removal operations, indicates that the workplace is safe to re-enter

Equipment

SKC PCRXR8 Air Sampling Pumps

Dry-Cal DC Lite Calibrator

25mm Open face monitors

Examples

Part 5 & 6 Audits Skilled Stadium, Deakin University Waurn Ponds, Woolstores, Warrnambool, Toorak, Burwood

Fibre Monitoring / Clearances Graincorp Geelong - removal of Grain Gallery

 

 

 

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Dangerous Goods

 

Legislation / Guidelines

Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations

Code of Practice Storage and Handling of Dangerous Goods

Australian Standard AS1692 Tanks for flammable and combustible liquids

Australian Standard AS1894 The Storage and Handling of Non-flammable and cryogenic refrigerated liquids

Australian Standard AS1940 The Storage and Handling of Flammable and Combustible Liquids

Australian Standard AS2022 SAA Anhydrous Ammonia Code

Australian Standard AS3780 The Storage and Handling of Corrosive Substances

Australian Standard AS4326 The Storage and Handling of Oxidising Substances

Australian Standard AS4332 The Storage and Handling of Gas Cylinders

Australian Standard AS4452 The Storage and Handling of Toxic Substances

Methodology

A site audit is conducted with a walkthrough assessment to identify Dangerous Goods, and a review of records to assess Material Data Sheets and the Manifest. A risk assessment is then conducted (labelling, signposting, storage, spill containment, emergency response) with recommendations provided to ensure compliance with the regulations

Examples

Audit at Structural steel fabrication plant, automotive component supplier

 

 

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Exposure Assessment

 

Legislation / Guidelines

Australian Standard AS 2985 Workplace Atmospheres Method for sampling and gravimetric determination of respirable dust

Australian Standard AS 2986 Workplace Atmospheres Organic Vapours - Sampling by Solid Adsorption Techniques

Australian Standard AS 3640 Workplace Atmospheres Method for sampling and gravimetric determination of inhalable dust

Australian Standard AS 3853.1 Fume from welding and allied processes

Methodology

Personal or static monitoring of airborne contaminants

Area assessment with contaminant profiles

Risk assessment and control

Equipment

SKC PCXR8 Personal air sampling pumps

SKC 25mm open face monitors

SKC cyclones

SKC adsorbant tubes

DryCal DC Lite calibrator

TSI Dust Trak (particulate)

Rae Systems Minirae 3000

Methodology

Assessments are made by recognised test methods with sample analysis, where possible, at National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratories. Contaminant concentrations are then compared with occupational exposure standards with recommendations for exposure control provided where necessary.

Examples

Volatile solvent monitoring print facility

VOC and benzene monitoring - offshore oil platforms, upstream production

Shot blast dust assessment structural steel facility

Welding assessment - steel fabrication plant

 

 

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Fume Cupboards / Spray Booths / Ventilation Systems

 

Legislation / Guidelines

Australian Standards AS2243.8 Safety in Laboratories part 8 Fume cupboards

Australian Standards AS4114 Spray Painting Booths

ACGIH Industrial Ventilation, A Manual of Recommended Practice

Methodology

Test face velocity, air flow, and compare with equipment standards

Equipment

TSI 8384 Velocicalc Plus Hot wire anemometer

Draegar Smoke Tubes

 

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Hazardous Substances

 

Legislation / Guidelines

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

List of Designated Hazardous Substances

Methodology

A site audit is conducted with a walkthrough assessment to identify Hazardous Substances, and a review of records to assess Material Data Sheets and the Manifest. A risk assessment is then conducted (consider information on the MSDS and the label, the nature of the work, and any history of illness or disease associated with the material) and provide recommendations to ensure compliance with the regulations

Examples

Audit at Structural steel fabrication plant, Automotive component supplier

 

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Heat Stress

 

Legislation / Guidelines

ACGIH Threshold Limit Values for Physical Agents in the Work Environment Heat Stress and Strain

AIOH Heat Stress Standard for use in the Australian Environment

ISO 7933

Methodology

Assess heat balance consider environmental factors (air temperature, humidity, wind speed, radiant heat), personal factors (acclimatisation, clothing, activity)

Estimate effect on core temperature

Equipment

Questemp 34 Heat Stress Monitor

TSI Hot Wire Anemometer

Examples

Glass fabrication plant

Endurance sporting event

 

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Indoor Air Quality

 

Legislation / Guidelines

ASHRAE Indoor Air Quality Guidelines

Methodology

Identify issue symptoms of occupants, time of event, period and frequency of event, location of issue

Conduct screening test assess over a 24 hour period air temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate, assess air flows.

Assess specific contaminants i.e. volatiles, bacterial, mold etc

Compare assessed parameters with recommended values

Provide control recommendations

Equipment

TSI Q-Trak Plus (data logs Temperature, Carbon dioxide, Carbon monoxide, humidity)

TSI 8384 VelociCalc hot wire anemometer

TSI Dust Trak (particulate)

Zellweger Impact Pro

Examples

Call Centre

Office Building

Council Chambers

 

 

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Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS's)

 

Legislation / Guidelines

National Code of Practice for the Preparation of Material Safety Data Sheets

Methodology

Set up MSDS proformas, identify and document supplier details, hazard identification, composition, toxicology, exposure limits, first aid measures, fire fighting response, accidental release measures, handling and storage requirements, exposure control/personal protection, chemical properties, disposal information etc.

Access chemical and toxicological databases

Examples

Interpret handling and storage requirements from MSDS for cosmetics group

Develop MSDS for ammunitions manufacturer

 

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Lead

 

Legislation / Guidelines

Occupational health and Safety Regulations

Code of Practice Lead

Methodology

Identify lead process and lead risk jobs

Conduct risk assessment

Equipment

SKC Air sampling pumps

SKC 25mm open face monitors

DCLite Calibrator

Examples

Risk assessment at electrical components manufacturer

 

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Lighting

 

Legislation / Guidelines

Australian Standard AS1680 Interior Lighting

Methodology

Illuminance levels are assessed to determine compliance with the recommendations within the Australian Standard

Equipment

Testo 545 Light Meter

Examples

Fitters work area - Steel fabrication plants

Assembly area electronics manufacturing plant

 

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Noise

 

Legislation / Guidelines

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

Australian Standard AS 1268 Occupational Noise Management

Methodology

Assess static (fixed point) sound pressure levels or personal exposures, consider control requirements, assess suitability of hearing protection

Equipment

B&K 2250 Sound Level Meter

Quest Noise Pro DLX Dosimeters

Examples

Steel fabrication facility

Textile manufacturer

Concrete pipe manufacturer

 

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Non-ionising radiation

 

Legislation / Guidelines

ACGIH Threshold Limit Values Static & Sub-Radiofrquency Magnetic Fields

Methodology

Walkthrough survey, static fixed point assessments, personal dosimetry

Equipment

Hurst GM04 Gaussmeter

Examples

Magnetic field assessment HV switchrooms, conveyor separators

 

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Risk Assessments

 

Methodology

Review toxicology, MSDS, exposure limits

Assess process, handling and storage

Estimate potential exposure, health outcomes

Provide recommendations for control

 

 

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Other Service areas

 

Environmental

 

Safety

 

Training

 

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