Lessons from Boral’s Safety Breaches

Protecting Workers from Silica Dust The recent fine imposed on Boral for safety breaches related to silica dust highlights the need for better protection of workers in industries that generate this hazardous substance. The recent news of Boral’s fine over silica dust safety breaches is a reminder of the importance of workplace safety in the…

Protect your lungs, protect your life

Respirator fit testing services by ITA Learn about the importance of respirator fit testing and spirometry services with ITA and how they can help you protect your lungs and prolong your life, as exemplified by the tragic story of a 37-year-old former stonemason. As the ABC News article reports, one man’s exposure to toxic chemicals…

New Silica Dust Protections

New Silica Dust ProtectionsThe Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Crystalline Silica) Regulations 2021 came into effect on Monday 15 November 2021 to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica. New crystalline silica regulations introduced by WorkSafe Victoria (WorkSafe) in November 2021 made it illegal to ‘dry cut’ any engineered stone and natural stone product.…

Latest in Oral Fluid Testing Standards

Latest in oral fluid testing standards From time to time, Standards Australia liaise with relevant stakeholders to review the guidelines, known as ‘Standards’, to ensure they remain current and robust. The standard for oral fluid testing was first established in 2006 to set out guidelines for this type of testing. In 2019 it was revised…

Effects of drugs and alcohol in the workplace

Effects of drugs and alcohol in the workplace Employers have a duty of care to provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment. The effects associated with drug and alcohol use in the workplace can is supported by the following evidence: Alcohol and other drugs cost Australian workplaces an estimated $6 billion per year…

What is a Drug and Alcohol Management Plan Policy?

What is a Drug and Alcohol Management Policy? A Drug and Alcohol Management Policy (DAMP) outlines the procedures and strategies needed to manage the risks associated with drug and alcohol in the workplace. ITA work closely with your organisation to develop a tailored Drug and Alcohol Policy. We strive to create a collaborative environment to…