The ACTU recently issued a warning that exports of chrysolite asbestos must be regulated to prevent the death toll from fatal chemicals among developing nations. This came about after the 6th Annual Conference of the Rotterdam Convention was held in Geneva Switzerland. It identified chrysolite asbestos as among the dangerous substances that should be strictly monitored for export.
SafeWork Australia commissioned the Queensland University of Technology and Toxikos Pty Ltd to conduct a study on workplace exposure to laser printer toxic emissions. The study was aimed to provide guidance on control measures and thus reduce exposure levels. This likewise evaluated the adverse health effects associated with exposure to laser printer emissions in the workplace.
Every year there are seven million, 20-foot containers pass through Australian ports. Labourers who open, inspect, unload, and handle contents are prone to exposure to residual fumigants. Majority of the shipping containers are fumigated in compliance for bio security and then sealed during transit over an extended period of time. Products being shipped may also contain hazardous chemicals that were being used during production process like solvents, resins, and glue. In Australia, banning of fumigants or chemicals used during production overseas are also enforced.
Work related exposures to carcinogenic chemicals like hazardous chemical agents have increased the incidence of leukaemia. An international group of medical researchers undertook a medical study to analyse the relationship of Leukaemia and workers’ exposure to pesticides and animal contacts which are hazards in occupations.
A recent alert issued by WorkSafe and Energy Safe Victoria is warning Victorians never to use petrol generators or outdoor gas appliances inside following the death of a man in Ferntree Gully on Sunday.