This morning we kicked off our first Safety Seminar of the decade on the topic of ‘Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Construction’. We were incredibly fortunate to have two stellar guest speakers, some legendary bacon and egg breaky burgers, and fresh, hot coffee to ensure everyone was awake and attentive, in preparation for our pop quiz at the end. Just kidding, there was no pop quiz. We’re saving that for after you’ve read this little refresher.
Our first speaker was the wonderful Carolyn Topping from Workplace Health & Safety Queensland. Carolyn is an Occupational Hygienist and gave a thorough rundown of hazardous chemicals and how to deal with them.
We then moved onto our second speaker, the delightful John Moynihan. John focused on the creating “healthy houses” with clean air, and the responsibility of the construction industry in facilitating this.
He touched on the fact that all buildings have some areas where unintended air transfers will occur, the majority of which go undetected unless they are experienced by an occupant (i.e. draughts moving curtains, infiltration of external noise etc.).
Moisture, John said, was one of the most important and least recognized indoor air problems and can have a significant impact on human and building health.
A massive thank you to our two presenters and Jo’s Café for their help in creating another great Seminar! Also a special shout out to Allens Industrial Products for their display table and examples of relevant (and very attractive) PPE equipment for construction workers. You can find them here: https://www.allensindustrial.com.au/
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