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  • N95 and P2 masks can be used to protect against coronavirus

    Posted on: 29, Jan

    Can the N95 / P2 masks be used to protect against the coronavirus?

    On the 31st December 2019 the World Health Organization was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei province of China. This virus was a serious concern to WHO as it was a new virus and they did not know how it would affect people in terms of severity, contamination medium and spread rates.

    On the 7th of January Chinese authorities confirmed the new virus is a coronavirus, which is a family of viruses that include the common cold, SARS and MERS.

    Since then, China’s National Health Commission has deployed masks to healthcare workers responding to the outbreak, and millions of masks have been sent to residents of Wuhan, according to reports. But will these masks stop people from catching the virus?

    We know the coronavirus is airborne, and that it can be transmitted between people. Researchers believe that the virus may have made the jump from animals to people via the inhalation of airborne particles in a seafood market that sold live wild animals. So it makes sense to cover your nose and mouth.

    But what type of Masks are being used to protect against coronavirus?

    There are essentially two main types of masks that are being used to protect against the coronavirus:-

    • Surgical face masks – The type Doctors use in surgery
    • N95 masks. The Australian equivalent rating to the US N95 is the P2 mask.

    Surgical Masks

    Surgical masks are specifically designed to block liquid droplets, and might lower the chance of catching the virus from another person. However, these masks are designed to work well in operating theatres where there are additional stringent hygiene requirements.

    But these masks don’t offer full protection against airborne viruses. For a start, they don’t fully seal off the nose and mouth – particles can still get in. And very small particles can simply pass through the material of the mask. “They might help, but it’s not clear they give you total protection,” says Mark Woolhouse at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

    N95 / P2 Masks

    The United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC) does recommend that healthcare providers wear N95 respirators (P2 respirators - Australian Equivalent), face masks that filter at least 95% of airborne particles, if they treat a patient infected with the novel coronavirus.

    In the case of SARS, another type of coronavirus, a large amount of infections originated in hospitals among healthcare workers treating infected people, says infectious disease expert Dr. Charles Chiu. So now, doctors follow the same strict precautions and wear gowns, gloves, N95 / P2 respirators and goggles to reduce their likelihood of infection.

    N95 / P2 respirators offer more protection. They are designed to prevent 95 per cent of small particles from entering the nose and mouth area. But they only work if they fit properly, and aren’t suitable for children or people with facial hair.

    N95 / P2 respirators can also make it more challenging for a person to breathe, so could be dangerous for someone showing symptoms of infection of the new coronavirus, which include coughing and shortness of breath.

    Guidelines for keeping your Workplace and School Safe

    The University of Sydney has put out the below guidance for Staff and Students in order to prevent the spread of infection at the University by following the basic hygiene advice below to stay healthy:

    • Using soap or alcohol-based hand wash frequently and washing hands for at least 20 seconds each time;
    • Avoiding areas where there are people sneezing, covering their mouth or nose if sneezing or coughing with a flexed elbow and disposing of tissues immediately;
    • Avoiding contact with anyone who is unwell; and
    • Not attending study or work if they’re unwell.

    If you have the Symptoms

    If you are worried about your symptoms, and think you may have the virus, call for medical advice before visiting a hospital and potentially spreading the infection, suggests Robin Thompson at the University of Oxford.

     

    Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2231535-can-an-n95-face-mask-protect-you-from-catching-the-new-coronavirus/#ixzz6CMXe8Q6E

     

    WHO – Information on the coronavirus as well as links to a poster series that can be printed out and placed in your workplace/School https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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  • Safety Alert:- Clarification of Suitable Emergency Escape Hoods For Dangerous Goods Drivers From EPA

    Posted on: 09, Nov

    The EPA (Environmental Protection Authority) and SafeWork NSW have undertaken an investigation into the HFZY 30 EEBD escape hoods and found them not to be suitable for escape purposes and/or not fit for purpose.  The national Competent Authorities Panel (CAP) voted last week to make the HFZY unsuitable nationwide for DG Transport.  CAP also voted to provide clearer guidance in the ADG Code about requirements for escape Breathing Apparatus (BA) which will include a requirement that it comply with AS 1716.

     

    An example of a ELSA (Emergency Life Saving Apparatus) 15 min Escape hood that complies with AS1716 is the Scott Sabre.

     

    As regards the duration of air supply, the ADG Code does not specifically state a 15 minute minimum.  However, a 15 minute minimum is implied in a notation Table 12.2 that “a duration of greater than 15 minutes may be required……”  I expect that this will be clarified in the revision to the Code and I expect that a 15 minute duration will be required.

     

    Please click the following link to view the Letter To Licensees put out by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) on 7 Nov 17 regarding  AIR SUPPLIED SHORT TERM BREATHING APPARATUS SUITABLE FOR ESCAPE PURPOSES .

     

    The Scott Safety 15 min ELSA Escape Hood Breathing Apparatus complies with AS1716. The Scott Safety 15 min ELSA Escape Hood Breathing Apparatus complies with AS1716.
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  • Chance to win a Jetski, for every $200 spent on Prochoice Safety gear

    Posted on: 18, Sep

    Whilst your workers' minds are drifting to the turquoise blue summer ocean, keep them covered with Prochoice Safety Gear, (the Professionals Choice).

    For every $200 ex GST spent on Prochoice, Linq, Pratt or Thortz safety products you receive an entry into the draw to win one of two Prochoice Jetski's and trailer bundle. Whilst you are protecting your workers, you are protecting your own summer holiday dreams.

    Prochoice Safety Jetski Promotion Go into the draw to win one of two Prochoice JetSki's.

    Entries close 30 November 2017, so be quick and enter as often as you can.

    Start shopping now at www.bigsafety.com.au .

    More details on how to register and the promotion conditions can be found by clicking here.

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  • Do I need to use a Green Light at my Safety Shower or Emergency Eye wash?

    Posted on: 21, Sep
    Speakman Safety Shower & Eye wash Green Fluorescent Light Speakman Safety Shower & Eye wash Green Fluorescent Light

    This is a common question we are asked regarding safety lighting for Emergency Safety Showers and Eye wash units.

    Please see below the Australian Standards AS4775 requirement for lighting

    The three sections require the equipment be identified by signage and the area is well illuminated:

    The use of a green light is not stipulated in this Australian Standard, although it is used to identify the equipment location, This is more based around risk assessment, the colour green is associated with a medical facility. The green light readily identifies to users where the safety shower or eye wash is located for ease of finding in an emergency.

    A green light doesn’t illuminate the area. The area still needs to be well illuminated.

    AS4775-2007 Emergency eye wash and shower equipment

    6.6 Location       (Safety Shower)

    Emergency safety showers shall be positioned in accessible locations that require no more than 10 seconds to reach. The shower shall be located on the same level as the hazard and the path of travel shall be free of obstructions that may inhibit the immediate use of the equipment. Where the possibility of temperature extremes exists, equipment shall be protected from their effects both with respect to the equipment’s operation and the flushing fluid.

    Each emergency safety shower location shall be identified with a highly visible sign complying with AS1319 positioned so the sign is visible throughout the area served by the shower.

    The area around the emergency shower shall be well illuminated.

    7.4 Location       (Eye Wash)

    Emergency Eye washes shall be positioned in accessible locations that require no more than 10 seconds to reach. The eye wash unit shall be located on the same level as the hazard and the path of travel shall be free of obstructions that may inhibit the immediate use of the equipment. For a strong acid or strong caustic, the eyewash should be located immediately adjacent to the hazard.

    Each eyewash location shall be identified with a highly visible sign complying with AS1319 positioned so the sign is visible throughout the area served by the shower.

    The area around the eyewash shall be well illuminated.

    8.4 Location       (Eye Face Wash)

    Emergency Eye/face washes shall be positioned in accessible locations that require no more than 10 seconds to reach. The eye/face  wash unit shall be located on the same level as the hazard and the path of travel shall be free of obstructions that may inhibit the immediate use of the equipment. For a strong acid or strong caustic, the eye/face wash should be located immediately adjacent to the hazard.

    Each safety eye/face wash location shall be identified with a highly visible sign complying with AS1319 positioned so the sign is visible throughout the area served by the shower.

    The area around the eyewash shall be well illuminated.

    Til next time, Keep Safe

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  • Does the Speakman SE509 Portable Personal Wash meet AS4775?

    Posted on: 14, Sep
    Speakman Portable Safety Eye & Body Wash Speakman Portable Safety Eye & Body Wash

    There is some confusion in the marketplace regarding whether the Speakman SE509 Portable Personal Wash meets the Australian Standards AS4775. The answer is both Yes and No.

    The SE509 personal body wash doesn’t meet the requirements of the section: 7 (eye wash) of AS4775, the flow rate is approx. 1.5 litres per minute but it flows for only 2-3 minutes.

    An eyewash is required to flow for 15 minutes.

    The SE509 is referred to as a personal wash and is referenced in the following section of AS4775.

     

    AS4775 Emergency eyewash and shower equipment

    Section: 11

    11.1 General

    The supplemental equipment listed below shall provide immediate flushing to support plumbed and self-contained equipment but shall not replace them.

    11.2        Personal wash units

    11.2.1    Performance of personal wash units

    Personal wash units shall have the capacity to deliver immediate flushing fluid without being injurious to the user. See Paragraph F6.

    AS4775 Emergency eyewash and shower equipment

     F1           Personal Eyewash Units

    The first seconds following an eye injury are often critical to keeping eye injury to a minimum. A personal eye wash may be kept in the immediate vicinity of employees working in a potentially hazardous area. The main purpose of these units is to supply immediate flushing. With this accomplished, the injured individual should then proceed to a plumbed or self-contained eye wash and flush the eyes for the required 15 minutes.

    We hope this helps clarify some of the confusion in the marketplace.

    All the best and Keep Safe.

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  • What are the cost benefits of selecting the right Safety Equipment

    Posted on: 08, Jun
    Pro Choice Safety Equipment Pays Select ProChoice Safety Equipment for your worksite. Prochoice V6 Hard Hat, Day Night Safety Vest and Safety Glasses
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  • Free setup on Company Branded Hard Hats - Up to 2 colour - Save $160 - Printed Hard Hats from $12 inc GST each

    Posted on: 07, Jun

     

    Company Branded Hard Hats Free 1 or 2 colour setup for Company Branded Hard Hats

     

    “When you brand yourself properly, the competition becomes irrelevant.”
    Dan Schawbel
    Toughen up your work site image. Don't just get hard hats, get walking billboards (ie. company branded hard hats, custom hard hats). It improves your team visibility on site, reduces theft (easily & readily identifiable) and enhances your professional image to your head contractor.
    During the month of June 2016, we are offering FREE artwork setup for up to 2 colours (1 or 2 colour setup only) and then never have to pay the set up fee again. You would only need to pay for the hat and printing. (Min of 20 hard hats per print run)
    Traditional style V6 Hard Hats
    Buy 20 hard hats for just $15 each
    Buy 40 hard hats for just $14 each
    Buy 100 hard hats for just $12 each
    Stylish new V9 Hard Hats
    Buy 20 hard hats for just $16 each
    Buy 40 hard hats for just $15 each
    Buy 100 hard hats for just $13 each
    This special offer of 2010 prices only lasts until 30/6/16. Delivery is $9.90 in NSW, $16.50 for QLD, VIC, TAS, SA & WA per order. NT Freight charge will be quoted.
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  • BIG Safety Clearance Specials - Valid till 30/6/16

    Posted on: 03, Jun
    Clearance Specials - Valid till 30 June 16 Clearance Specials - Valid till 30 June 16

    Click here to view full size brochure Clearance Specials - June 16

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  • What type of Chemical Storage Cabinet do I need for my Corrosives?

    Posted on: 02, Jun
    Justrite Polyethylene Chemical Cabinet Justrite Polyethylene Chemical Cabinet 60 L for the most corrosive chemicals

    We receive a lot of questions from clients asking to clarify what is the best Corrosive Storage Cabinet for their needs.

    The two main considerations are:-

    1. How corrosive the chemicals are, that will be placed in the cabinet?
    2. What size do you need the cabinet to be, to store your corrosive goods safely and securely near where you need them

    The two main types of Justrite Chemical Cabinets for Corrosives are:-

    1. The Justrite Sure-Grip Ex steel cabinets with polyethylene shelf liners offer corrosion and fire protection in a wide variety of sizes (including 30, 60, 100, 160 & 250 L models)
    2. For superior corrosion protection from acid vapours (such as Phenol, Sulphuric Acid, Nitric Acid and others with highly corrosive vapours), the Justrite Polyethylene Chemical Cabinets are the answer and they are available in 30 or 60 L sizes. These cabinets are commonly used in laboratories where lab technicians can store the chemicals close at hand.

    If you require a larger size Polyethylene Corrosive cabinet, then BIG Safety supplies the Polystore Polyethylene Chemical Cabinets. These are available in 50, 100 (single or double compartment), 150  and 200 L (single or double compartment) cabinets.

    Acid & Base Chemical Cabinet 100 L Polystore Corrosive Cabinet. 2 x 50 L compartments
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  • Entry in Worlds Worst Job

    Posted on: 24, May

    Keep safe at your workplace. Here is a contender for #worldsworstjob. Whilst there is lots of fresh air, no chance of mine collapse. There are a couple of trip hazards that could cost you dearly.

    Height Safety Beware of trip hazards whilst working at heights
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