Hearing loss is 100% Preventable but 100% Irreversible:
Did you know that nearly one in five workers will suffer hearing loss over the course of their working life -- join the AMWU campaign to lower the noise levels in our workplaces.
If you are concerned or unsure about the noise levels at your workstation, or in your workplace, talk to your HSR immediately.
If you do not have a HSR in your workplace, please let us know here.
The Fair Work Commission, in handing down its decision on casuals right to request permanency, has acknowledged that long term casual work is unhealthy.
A mobile phone app called ACM Check (short for “Asbestos-Containing Material Check”) has been developed by researchers at Curtin University in WA. The app aims to raise awareness about asbestos in residential settings. ACM Check is available for free from the App Store [click here] and Google Play [click here]. Check it out - and share it.
Welding fumes cause lung cancer - The International Agency for Research on Cancer has found new evidence to conclude that welding fumes cause lung cancer and melanoma of the eye. Welding fumes are a possible cause of kidney cancer but the evidence to support this finding is not as strong. It is essential that welders and others use good extraction ventilation to decrease exposures. See here for more information on the hazards of welding.
In an absolutely amazing win, 4 NSW HSRs have had their right to choose a HSR training provider upheld. See the detail on our HSR training page. Click here.
If you wish to register your exposure to asbestos - at home or at work - you can register with the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency
If you are an AMWU HSR sign up to our FaceBook page -- AMWU Health and Safety Reps.