Issue 43, Christmas - 5 December 2014

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Christmas edition of RiskEnews - 5 December 2014

Merry Christmas from CETEC

Dr Vyt Garnys in Paris

In November, Dr Vyt Garnys, Principal Consultant at CETEC, commenced a three month research secondment at CSTB (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment - Scientific and Technical Centre for Building) in France. Learn more

WorldGBC - Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices Report

In September this report was released and revealed a number of key findings relating to the the positive connection between elements in our indoor enviroment and occupant productivity. This included better indoor air quality, personal control over thermal comfort, window views & a connection to nature as well as the benefits of active building design. Dr Vyt Garnys of CETEC was on the Technical Committee charged with providing expertise for this report. Read more

Did you incur Building Damage from the Brisbane Hailstorm?

With the Brisbane and SE Queensland storm late last week labelled as the worst in 30 years due to gusts up to 140 kmph and golf ball sized hailstone, it is timely reminder to be careful to ensure your site is safe from hazardous materials and consult with an expert, if in doubt. Read more about our three actions to take following building damage.

Legionella Risk at IHEA conference

Dr Vyt Garnys was one of several speakers in an informative and well received session dedicated to Legionella risk at the recent IHEA Healthcare Facilities conference held in Brisbane. Read our review

Managing Dangerous Goods and Lab Safety

Are you aware that Australian Standards require some chemical storage cabinets in labs have a hazard zone extending to 3 metres radius around the cabinet?

This hazard zone is an area in which an explosive gas atmosphere is likely to be present during normal operation. This requires special precautions for the construction, installation and use of electrical equipment within this 3m radius, such as power points, fridges and laboratory equipment.

The good news is that there are strategies to reduce this zone to enable greater lab space utilisation and flexibility, such as recalculating the hazard zone or by using certain hardware.

Adam Garnys presented on the topic of Hazardous Exclusion Zones at the SIA's annual Laboratory Managers Conference, in Sydney in November. We invite you read more or to contact our Dangerous Goods team to discuss how you can better manage your hazardous exclusion zone.

Standards Australia’s Indoor Air Quality sub-committee

In October, the Indoor Air Quality sub-committee met to discuss current developments in international IAQ work and to path the way on reviewing and revising the appropriate Australian Standards for the monitoring of air quality.  Attendees included industry leading occupational hygienists, IAQ experts and government officials (including NABERS and Federal Department of Health).  

On behalf of the current sub-committee, Chair, Dr Vyt Garnys would encourage interested stakeholders to become involved.  The committee welcomes your expressions of interest.


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