Health Monitoring vs Exposure Monitoring

Health Monitoring and Exposure Monitoring – Do You Understand the Difference?

These terms are often used interchangeably but they are quite different and both very important to manage the health of your team.

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Types of Masks & Where to Use Them

Masks and face coverings are a very topical subject as Auckland moves back up to Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand moves up to Level 2.

We give a reminder on the different types of masks you have seen being used during the pandemic. Ensure you know the limitations on each type before you use them. Chemsafety can help you with respirator selection if needed.

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Alert Level 2 Update

Under alert level 2 Chemsafety services remain available and we have invoked our COVID Level 2 plan to keep our team healthy and safe.

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August 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to Chemsafety's August Newsletter.  In this edition; 

  • Managing Directors Update
  • Fire Ratings and Flammable Gas / Liquids Stores
  • Minimising Exposure to Hazardous Substances Webinar
  • Commit2Fit - Respirator Fit Testing Training
  • Breathe Freely
  • Chemsafety on Facebook
  • Webinar Recordings

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Minimising Exposure to Hazardous Substances Webinar

Join us for our free webinar on Wednesday 12 August at 10:00am to learn how to minimise exposure to hazardous substances.

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Spills & Leaks Webinar

Do you know what to do if the hazardous substance you use and store begin to spill or they leak?  Join us in our free webinar to discover what you should have in your spill kit, what should be in your emergency response plan and what steps you should take in an emergency situation.  This webinar is suited to all those workplaces that hold hazardous substances on site.

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Fire Ratings and Flammable Gas / Liquids Stores

From 2020 Chemsafety has been examining in detail the evidence available for the fire ratings of flammable gas and liquids stores.  This is to provide assurance to both the client and Chemsafety that the regulations are being met and the hazard appropriately controlled.

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Fake Snow Experiment

Snow is fun to play with but not all kids have access to snow during winter. Try this fun experiment to make fake snow at home.

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June 2020 Newsletter

June's newsletter is all about us.  The story of how Chemsafety came to be, how we filled in our time during lockdown, a Q&A with our Founding Director Michael Gray and a new service we're offering.

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Get to know Michael Gray

Michael Gray is our Founding Director at Chemsafety.  Although still actively involved in the business, these days Michael can be found thinking about strategic direction while fishing on the lakes around New Zealand, or pondering the companies cashflow while working in his garden.  

We asked Michael about why he begun the company in 1992, what are his biggest achievements and what he's most proud of.

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Machine-made mineral fibres

Machine-made mineral fibres can be a health hazard to people working with them, from manufacture to installation and removal.

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Worksafe Guidance on LCC's at Level 2

WorkSafe have issued some guidance on location compliance at Level 2.

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Level 2 Means We Continue to Work Safely

Chemsafety will be doing more office and site based work in level 2 so you will see us more on site, but we will still be physical distancing.

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April Newsletter

We're all adjusting to working remotely during the COVID19 pandemic.  Our April newsletter outlines some of the ways that we're adapting our business to meet the current situation.

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Cleaning Mould

Being at home more due to COVID 19 lockdown means that there will be more humidity in your home. This combined with the change of season means that you’re more likely to have problems with damp and mould than normal.

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SafeGuard Issue 180

Need something to read over the lockdown? SafeGuard magazine have decided to make their publication free this month. There are some great articles ... especially the one written by our Managing Director, Bridgette Jennings on page 25

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Compliance Certification During Lockdown

WorkSafe have updated their approach with further information about compliance certification.  Chemsafety is here to help you manage your compliance during this time.

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We're working remotely

Due to the Level 4 lockdown all Chemsafety staff will be working remotely with full access to our systems and resources.

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Chemsafety COVID-19 Response Plan

At this time, we do not anticipate that the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation will impact our ability to continue to deliver our services to you.

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February 2020 Newsletter

Catch up on what's been happening at Chemsafety in our February newsletter

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Wellington Services

We're coming up to the second anniversary of our Wellington Branch.  We've been working with some great companies completing asbestos survey's, providing asbestos assessor services, noise monitoring, dust and silica monitoring, respirator fit testing and certification.

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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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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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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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