Archive | Occupational Hygiene

Indoor Air Quality – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Background Little is known on the quality of indoor ambient air within our office place, schools and even our own homes. As such, people take for granted that the ambient air that we breathe within our work and home environment is safe. Sources Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that vaporise at room temperature from […]

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The Mr Fluffy Saga Unfolds

As tension mounts in Canberra following the continuing unravelling of the Mr Fluffy debacle, a course of action is still being finalised by the ACT Government. The ACT Government’s Asbestos Response Taskforce, established in response to the revelation of loose-fill asbestos insulation in over 1000 homes, has presented its initial findings to the ACT Cabinet. […]

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Sick Building Syndrome

Unexplained headaches, dizziness or flu-like symptoms? While there are obviously a range of causes which may cause these complaints, these can all be linked to the relatively little known Sick Building Syndrome. The term “Sick Building Syndrome” was coined by the WHO in 1986 when they estimated that 10-30% of newly built office buildings had […]

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Understanding Asbestos

The mere mention of the word asbestos can provoke a range of emotions from people ranging from concern to anger to confusion. And rightly so. However, if pressed for further details, much of the general public know little about asbestos beyond a vague notion of it being “dangerous”. Thus, this post seeks to provide some […]

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