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hearWHO, the new World Health Organisation hearing test app

In March 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a free mobile app to help people check their hearing and prompt early intervention in the case of hearing loss. Using a digits-in-noise test, the hearWHO app claims 85 per cent accuracy in identifying potential hearing damage in people aged 18 years and over. Available on […]

3 years ago
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Fit-for-purpose PPE and employers’ legal responsibilities

Employers who provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees are also legally required to ensure the PPE is fit-for-purpose, well maintained and used by workers. In other words, it is not simply enough to provide workers with PPE or an allowance to buy the equipment themselves without ascertaining if it is appropriate for the task […]

3 years ago
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How each Australian state has regulated silica dust in workplaces

High silica exposure rates among Australian workers came to light in 2018, prompting reviews of state workplace health and safety (WHS) laws and exposure limits. Workers compensation bodies have seen a number of claims for silicosis, an incurable and potentially fatal lung disease that can develop as a result of exposure to respirable crystalline silica […]

3 years ago
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Six trends that will impact the future of workplace health and safety (WHS)

As new technology changes the nature of work, the future of WHS must balance the benefits of automation with the risks of a dispersed, ageing workforce, according to a 2018 report by the CSIRO. The report identified six megatrends that persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) should be planning for as their workplaces change. […]

3 years ago
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Alarming rates of Māori workplace injuries and fatalities lead to new NZ safety approach

Just one death in a workplace is one too many, but when workplace fatalities in New Zealand are 19 per cent higher* for Māori than for non-Māori, it demands attention. So, why are Māori workers more susceptible to workplace injuries and fatalities than non-Māori workers? Maruiti 2025: In 2016 WorkSafe New Zealand (WorkSafe NZ), the […]

3 years ago
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Remarkable growth of Paramount Safety continues with acquisition of Pratt

Australia’s largest independent wholesale supplier of personal safety solutions, family-owned Paramount Safety Products, acquired Pratt Safety Systems in July 2016, bringing the total number of safety brands under its umbrella to four. Best known for its personal protective equipment (PPE) brand, ProChoice Safety Gear, the 24-year-old Paramount Safety has been riding remarkable Australian and international […]

6 years ago
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Angle Grinder Safety

The angle grinder is one of the most dangerous tools in the workplace. Thus, appropriate angle grinder safety and training on operating procedures are critical for the sake of workers and their families. The most serious injuries from angle grinders are: lacerations from kickbacks, and lacerations from attachments (such as grinding discs and wheels) that […]

6 years ago
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Chemicals Causing Hearing Loss: Ototoxins

Ototoxins in the Workplace Indeed, many ototoxins, commonplace chemicals, cause hearing loss, tinnitus, deafness and vertigo. Surprisingly, people are often unaware of the health risks despite being at risk of exposure. Ototoxic chemicals, which can be found in substances such as paints, thinners, degreasers, glues and engine exhaust, travel through the blood stream once they […]

6 years ago
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Eye Safety Guide: Everything you need to know

Grinding and welding are the two most common tasks resulting in an eye injury, according to a 2008 report from Safe Work Australia (SWA). The report found that a substantial number of injuries occurred in the presence of PPE with workers saying that foreign bodies went under, over or around the sides of the safety […]

6 years ago
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Improving Manufacturing Safety: Much still to be Done.

One of the four priority industries in Safe Work Australia’s (SWA) 2002-2012 National OHS Strategy, safety in manufacturing significantly improved during those 10 years and continues to do so, despite still being one of the most dangerous industries. Key 2013 WHS Statistics from SWA show that in 2010-11 manufacturing was the third most dangerous industry […]

6 years ago