Update on Activities of the Asbestos Safety Eradication Agency (ASEA)
Presenter(s): Dr Georgia Khatib, ASEA Assistant Director
Georgia will be speaking on the various ASEA activities with a focus on Occupational Hygiene. The presentation will include work ASEA is undertaking to improve consistency in asbestos risk assessments and the quality of asbestos registers, as well as a detailed update on the asbestos cement roof hotspots project. The roof hotspots project is an important component of the broader ASEA research program to develop a national residential asbestos heatmap.
The presentation by Dr Rebecca Newton, Manager, Chemicals, Occupational Hygiene and High Risk Work Policy, will cover the Safe Work Australia review of the Workplace Exposure Standards and the next steps.
This webinar will provide an update on the ISO Respiratory Protective Devices Standards, bringing this global Standard back to home.
Standards are used to demonstrate conformance to local regulations / laws. There is a new set of globally harmonised standards for respiratory protective devices (RPD) that changes the focus from performance by design to performance required by the wearer. The work on these standards started more than 20 years ago; with several RPD standards already published.
The Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) launched Breathe Freely Australia in 2018, which provides readily available information for workers and supervisors about the hazards of toxic dust and prevention of lung diseases in various industries. In 2020, the AIOH started the RESP-FIT program, which is relevant to those who rely on respirators as protection against harmful dust. As many lung diseases are serious and irreversible, the focus must be on prevention of harm. Workers in the manufactured stone sector rely on many control measures to protect them from lung diseases such as silicosis, with one of them being respiratory protection.
This webinar will look at virtual reality as a means of helping workers to see what they otherwise cannot. Virtual reality is an administrative control, that can be used to provide a powerful message to workers to help them reduce their exposure by being able to understand where an unseen hazard exists. We will look at a case study in an underground coal mine and how the training was developed, providing tips along the way of how this can be achieved.
This webinar will provide information regarding different surface sampling methods for metal contaminants in the workplace. The talk will cover some of the more common dermal sampling methods, with a focus on wipe sampling as well as discuss in detail health hazards of metals and how to interpret the sample results using various indices.
In certain situations, chemicals may be inadvertently deposited on surfaces within buildings which workers may come into contact with.
This presentation will cover the derivation of health-based hard surface swab criteria for per- and polyfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) which can be used to judge the potential importance of this exposure pathway.
A general discussion will also be presented on the manner in which PFAS surface swab data can be collected and things to watch out for when interpreting the confidence in the analytical results.
This webinar will address the variability of health hazards associated with the processing of engineered stone. The materials science of conventional benchtop engineered stone, new low-silica engineered stone products, as well as other construction materials, will be covered. The complexity of pathogenesis and implications of recent research will be explored. Some challenges, misconceptions and future research directions will be discussed.
This webinar focusses on the experiences and lessons learnt from fires and floods in the management of asbestos to prevent exposures to workers and the communities caught up in the clean-ups. Our presenters have been on the front line dealing with the challenges of asbestos exposures during these tragic events.
This webinar will discuss the unusual characteristics of these chemicals, the most important exposure pathways relevant in workplaces and some of the controversy surrounding reference doses for protection of human health. Presented by Therese Manning - Principal, EnRiskS and AIOH President Kate Cole