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What is Asbestos? Do You Need a Licence To Remove It?

What is Asbestos? Do You Need a Licence To Remove It?

What is asbestos? How can it be removed? These are some of the most frequently asked questions about asbestos. You may need to be familiar with asbestos depending on where you work. Here are the basics. What is Asbestos? Asbestos can be found in soil and rocks as a natural mineral. Because of its strength, asbestos has been used for many decades. Asbestos was affordable and fireproof making it a popular insulation material. Asbestos can also be used for other purposes: Roofing shingles Floor tiles Ceiling tiles Countertops Asbestos cement products Components for automobiles After recognising the health risks associated with asbestos exposure, Australia outlawed the...

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Understanding Victoria’s New Environment Protection Laws

Understanding Victoria’s New Environment Protection Laws

The Victorian State Government’s Environment Protection Act 2017 gave the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) new powers for protecting human health and the environment. As part of the update, the EPA now takes a proactive approach to protect against pollution or waste. This also means changes to the way that certain businesses operate. Under the new laws, businesses need to perform risk-based assessments for any activities that may pose a threat of harm to human health or the health of the Earth. The goal is to prevent health disasters from occurring in the first place. Here is a closer look at...

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Cristian Sylvestre from Habit Safe talks about 3rd generation safety

Cristian Sylvestre from Habit Safe talks about 3rd generation safety

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OHS & WHS: New Year new job and the role wellbeing plays

OHS & WHS: New Year new job and the role wellbeing plays

Don't miss an episode! Subscribe to The Australian Health and Safety Business Podcast.    Switching careers is never an easy decision. For many people any job in their chosen sector will keep them happy but for how long? Wellbeing plays a huge role in job satisfaction and is an important one to consider when choosing a company to work for. In fact it’s so important these days that potential employees prefer to know a companies wellbeing program before the salary. According to Deakin University research assistant, Kim Goodwin and graduate Angela Heck good work culture is vital to career longevity....

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OHS & WHS: WA addressing sexual harassment in the health care system

OHS & WHS: WA addressing sexual harassment in the health care system

The Western Australian Department of Health and the Australian Medical Association (WA) have recently teamed up to stamp out sexual harassment in the state's health system with the launch of the SH-OUT campaign. The campaign, initiated by the Taskforce Against Sexual Harassment (TASH) was formed between the two organisations after a survey undertaken by the AMA WA found sexual harassment was endemic across the WA health system. SH-OUT, which stands for 'Sexual Harassment Out', consists of posters to be displayed in metropolitan hospitals and a website - http://www.sh-out.com.au - explaining what sexual harassment is and how to report inappropriate behaviour. The survey...

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