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Focus on Eye Wash Stations

If there is potential for a person in your workplace to receive an eye injury, it is essential that it is fitted out with an eye wash station that meets AS 4775-2007, emergency eyewash and shower equipment. This eye wash station must be situated within 10 seconds from the hazardous area, level with its surrounds, well signposted, and free of obstruction. The eye wash station itself must provide at least 15 minutes of freely flowing tepid water at a minimum rate of 1.5L/min. The spray pattern should adequately cover both eyes. Once activated, this should all occur without the use of hands.There are no mandatory water temperature requirements, but it is recommended that water stay between 15.6

Eye Protection Signage Requirements

Safety signs on Australian worksites must meet AS 1319-1994, Safety Signs for the Occupational Environment. Whenever eye protection needs to be worn, mandatory eye or face PPE signage must be on display to alert employees and any visitors. This includes near the entrance and inside the work area. Mandatory signage must be clearly identifiable using the industry standard large blue pictogram or symbol, and black text. Read more on When to Wear Eye or Face Protection. Taking the environment, lighting and viewing distance into account, signage must be large enough to view without straining the eye. The below diagram suggests how large signage should be in a well lit, prominent position. As a ge

Crystalline Silica – The New Asbestos

Respirable crystalline silica (RCS) has been touted as “the new asbestos” due to a recent surge of silicosis diagnoses, one of the most common occupational lung diseases affecting workers worldwide. It is believed that this significant workplace hazard could rival the impact of asbestos in coming years as the full extent of the problem is still coming to light. Diagnoses of silicosis in Australia have risen in recent years as news about the condition spreads and more and more workers are getting tested for the potentially deadly disease. Unlike asbestos which generally impacts workers in their retirement years, silicosis symptoms are presenting in young workers, with the youngest diagnosed i

Safety Goggles Explained

When it comes to eye protection, safety goggles are the only option that provide a complete seal around the eyes. This means that they are well suited for environments where hazards such as chemical splash or a high level of airborne particles are prevalent. Goggles are available in many different styles, each being specific to different work environments. Features such as tint, lining and ventilation can all determine whether a goggle is suitable for the task at hand. We've simplified it all so that you can make an informed purchasing decision. Want some professional advice? Contact your local ATOM Safety representative. Safety Goggle Structure Goggles are available in a range of styles an

Vend Ready Gloves

Do you find your team are going through more gloves then necessary? Are you running out of gloves because someone forgot to place an order? Having safety equipment right where and when it is needed is paramount when it comes to compliance. Ensuring the utilisation of PPE starts with making it easily accessible and front of mind to your team on the ground. ATOMic Services Integration One of the key enablers of the ATOM Safety difference is the seamless integration of ATOM’s ATOMic Services. ATOMic is one of Australia’s leading suppliers of tailored industrial vending and inventory control solutions. By integrating your safety management plan with ATOMic Services you will experience increase

How to Choose a Safety Harness

Ensure your team’s safety at heights by making sure they are kitted out with the best fit-for-purpose harness for the job. This guide will walk you through some of the options to consider when purchasing your harness. Fall Arrest Height safety harnesses have fall arrest D-shackles or loops used to connect the harness to a fall lanyard. These shackles are most commonly found on the front and rear of the harness. Some models come with a waist belt containing additional D-shackles. The job you are doing will determine where the lanyard should be clipped. The back shackle is the most commonly used and suits most jobs while the front is typically used for rescue situations. Webbing Webbing refers

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