Specialist Service Group 
Work Health and Safety Division 
Safety, Return to Work and Support Division 
Chemical 
Hazard M...
Hygiene & Toxicology 
• Multi-disciplinary cluster with skills in Occupational Health, Hygiene 
Safety, Return to Work and...
Workplace exposure assessments 
Safety, Return to Work and Support Division 
DRAFT WorkCover in confidence 3
Hazardous Chemicals Regulations 
• 1996: Hazardous Substances Regulatory Package 
o Classification, Labelling, Preparing M...
Occupational Health burden 
• Annual mortality from illness and disease related to workplace 
chemical exposures estimated...
A ubiquitous workplace chemical hazard 
• Machinery or equipment used at your workplace can emit chemicals 
Safety, Return...
Diesel Exhaust Emissions 
• Workplace machinery or equipment emit hazardous chemicals 
• A mixture of fine particles, toxi...
How do we manage risks of exposure? 
1) Anticipate 
2) Recognise 
3) Assess 
4) Control 
5) Monitor & Review 
Safety, Retu...
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Mahinda Seneviratne - Master Builders Association of NSW - Multi-format panel: Hazard management:

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Mahinda Seneviratne delivered the presentation at the 2014 Safety in Action Conference Sydney.

The 2014 SIA Sydney Safety Conference at Sydney Olympic Park featured a wide range of practical case studies directly from the organisations involved with developing their health, safety and wellness protocols. Learn from their experiences and take back techniques for the enhancement of your own WHS policy.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://bit.ly/SIASydney14

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Mahinda Seneviratne - Master Builders Association of NSW - Multi-format panel: Hazard management:

  1. 1. Specialist Service Group Work Health and Safety Division Safety, Return to Work and Support Division Chemical Hazard Management Mahinda Seneviratne State Inspector - Hygiene & Toxicology Hazardous Chemical Services Team WorkCover NSW Safety in Action 2014 3 September 2014 DRAFT WorkCover in confidence 1
  2. 2. Hygiene & Toxicology • Multi-disciplinary cluster with skills in Occupational Health, Hygiene Safety, Return to Work and Support Division and Toxicology • Provide technical assistance to Operations Inspectorate • Develop and lead high risk verification and targeted intervention programs • Expert technical advice for guidance material, national standards and codes and policy matters • Build capability for systematic management of hazardous chemicals WorkCover DRAFT in confidence 2
  3. 3. Workplace exposure assessments Safety, Return to Work and Support Division DRAFT WorkCover in confidence 3
  4. 4. Hazardous Chemicals Regulations • 1996: Hazardous Substances Regulatory Package o Classification, Labelling, Preparing MSDS (NOHSC) o Exposure Standards for Airborne Contaminants » Mandatory documented risk assessments • 2011: Model National Work Health and Safety legislation o COP Managing risks of hazardous chemicals in the workplace (Safe Work Australia) o GHS for classification and labelling » Risk Management – Identify (Assess) and Control Safety, Return to Work and Support Division DRAFT WorkCover in confidence 4
  5. 5. Occupational Health burden • Annual mortality from illness and disease related to workplace chemical exposures estimated to be much higher than work-related fatalities. (Kerr et al, 1998, Driscoll and Fritchi, 2012) • Cases of chemical-related illness, especially long-latency chronic disease are often not recognised as occupational health problems. – Workers Compensation claims – Hospital admission records – Workplace Investigations Safety, Return to Work and Support Division DRAFT WorkCover in confidence 5
  6. 6. A ubiquitous workplace chemical hazard • Machinery or equipment used at your workplace can emit chemicals Safety, Return to Work and Support Division that are hazardous to health. • A mixture of fine particles and a number of toxic gases and carcinogens. • Airborne mixture can be breathed deep into the lungs. • Short-term exposure can irritate eyes, nose, throat • Longer exposures can worsen asthma and allergies DRAFT WorkCover in confidence 6
  7. 7. Diesel Exhaust Emissions • Workplace machinery or equipment emit hazardous chemicals • A mixture of fine particles, toxic gases and carcinogens • Can be breathed deep into the lungs Safety, Return to Work and Support Division • Short-term exposure – irritate eyes, nose, throat • Longer exposures – worsen asthma and allergies • High exposure long-term – heart disease, lung cancer DRAFT WorkCover in confidence 7
  8. 8. How do we manage risks of exposure? 1) Anticipate 2) Recognise 3) Assess 4) Control 5) Monitor & Review Safety, Return to Work and Support Division WorkCover DRAFT in confidence 8

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