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Chemsafety 2019 Christmas Newsletter

Happy holidays everyone, the Christmas season is upon us again and as another year draws to a close its a great time to reflect on our accomplishments for 2019.

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Update to WES & Biological Exposure Indices

The 11thEdition of theWorkplace Exposure Standards and Biological Exposure Indices Special Guidehas now been published on the WorkSafe websitehere.


Table 1 below shows some of the WES that have been adopted in December 2019, and those for which we intend changing the WES in three years’ time.

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Location Compliance Certification for class 6 and 8 substances

The time has come to establish a hazardous substance location (HSL) for your class 6 (toxic) and class 8 (corrosive) substances. From 1 June 2019 if you exceed the thresholds, you will need to have established an HSL for these substances.

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IANZ Accreditation for Laboratory

Chemsafety Laboratory, expanding its scope of work and getting IANZ accreditation

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Acute Silicosis - What You Need to Know

In Australia there have been approximately 106 cases of acute silicosis (including 2 fatalities) caused by breathing in dust created by the cutting and grinding of engineered stone benches.  The benches contain up to 97% quartz (crystalline silica).

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Noise

Did you know that removing your hearing protection for just 15 minutes in a high noise area (100dbA – 104dBA) and you will have met your maximum allowed noise for the day, prior to permanent hearing damage?

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Do the different seasons affect worker exposure?

Yes, for a number of different reasons including worlkload, heating, reduced ventilation and dry weather.

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25 Year Anniversary

On Friday 13 October Chemsafety celebrated our 25 year anniversary by holding a celebration with our current and past clients.

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Respirable Crystalline Silica Guidance

Respirable Crystalline Silica has come under the focus of Worksafe NZ as part of their Clean Air Programme. Respirable crystalline silica is a known carcinogen and a health risk to those primarily working in the construction and manufacturing industries.

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Welding Ventilation Guidance

Worksafe New Zealand has implemented a new initiative called the Clean Air Programme. The main focus of the Clean Air Programme is protecting workers from crystalline silica dust and solvents within the work place but also encompasses welding fume and wood dust.

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