Occupational Health and Hygiene

Bringing together a range of specialists, we deliver services that assist clients to better understand and effectively manage their occupational health and hygiene risks and to keep their people safe.

Through our understanding of local and regional operating practices, processes and regulations, we support clients to meet regulations for occupational health and hygiene.

Industrial Safe’s comprehensive range of health and hygiene services are delivered by a specialist team that includes: Physiotherapists, Occupational Hygienists, Technicians, Occupational Health Nurses, and Consultants.

Industrial Safe can tailor a contaminant sampling program to suit your organisation and fulfil all your statutory requirements for health risk monitoring.

Industrial Safe can tailor a contaminant sampling program to suit your organisation and fulfil all your statutory requirements for health risk monitoring.

Whether you require an initial Baseline or an ongoing annual sampling programme Industrial Safe can either provide advice on how to refine your current programme or implement a program onsite using our technically advanced equipment.

Industrial Safe routinely samples for a wide variety of contaminants including: diesel particulate matter, inhalable dust, respirable dust and silica, fumes, gases mists, vapours, asbestos, and inhalable metals.

During the commencement of a new project a Qualitative Health Risk Assessment is required to evaluate all potential health risks and recommend monitoring and risk management solutions. The findings from a QHRA can set the foundation for developing principal hazard management plans, principal health control plans, or gaining approval to commence operating. QHRA’s are also a statutory requirement for all mining operations and are used to negotiate mining Contam quota’s.
Quantitative Health Risk Assessments are conducted following the completion of a baseline or annual sampling programme to analyse the sampling data. Results are used to make decisions on how effective the health and hygiene controls are, and what additional controls may be required.
Health Surveillance refers to any risk- based health assessment or biological monitoring used to identify changes in the health of workers.
An example of health surveillance is lung function testing for workers with chronic exposure to airborne contaminants.

Biological monitoring refers to medical tests used to assess the presence or absorption of a contaminant into a workers body. I.e. blood tests for those exposed to lead.

Industrial Safe can guide you on your requirements for health surveillance and we provide onsite medical personnel to conduct biological monitoring.

Noise induced hearing loss is one of the most prevalent industrial diseases in our workforce. It is critical your organisation manages noise in the workforce and monitors those exposed to hazardous levels.

Industrial Safe provides clear and concise Noise Surveys, Personal Noise Monitoring (dosimetry), advice, and training in the effective management of noise.

With technically advanced equipment and experienced Noise Officers we can help you ensure the safety of your workforce and comply with all regulatory requirements in regards to noise management in the workplace.

As a statutory requirement all mining operations must submit a quota of contaminant sampling results to the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP).

It is the responsibility of mining operations to propose a ‘Contam quota’ for all their potential contaminants and submit this proposal along with a Qualitative Health Risk Assessment for approval.

Once approved, the mining operation is required to conduct sampling in line with the quota until such time that results of sampling indicate an amendment to the quota may be practical.

Industrial Safe has supported a number of sites throughout this process facilitating timely approval and reduced burden for the site based team.

Technical knowledge presented in clear descriptive language ensures our learning resources result in lasting learning for.

We commonly provide site wide training in the management of health risks along with tutoring and mentoring to junior health and safety personnel in managing health risks and conducting monitoring internally.

Industrial Safe offers whole-body and hand-arm vibration monitoring for mobile and fixed plant.

Our reports are presented in clear and concise language interpreting the technical results in a meaningful way.

Low lit work environments or areas of contrast blindness can result in incidents, injuries, and worker discomfort.

Industrial Safe conducts lighting surveys of indoor lighting, outdoor, and task specific lighting to ensure compliance with Australian Standards and ensure a productive work environment.

We provide on-site water sampling and analysis services.

Our experienced technicians can undertake a variety of water sampling for your site.

We routinely sample potable water for potability, air-conditioning systems for legionella, and eyewash stations for microbiology.

Musculoskeletal disorders represent the greatest occupational health cost in all industries.

Whether you require advice in reducing your organisation’s injury rates, managing complex injury cases, or preventing injuries, Industrial Safe’s expert Occupational Physiotherapists can assist you with your needs.

Ergonomic assessments of offices, workstations, field workers, or equipment can also be organised to deliver immediate improvements in your work environment.

Industrial Safe routinely assists our clients in meeting the extensive regulatory requirements around the detection and management of asbestos and fibrous minerals in the workplace.

We can help you develop Asbestos Management Plans for application in your workplace and submission to the regulator; provide onsite sampling for asbestos; conduct inspections and assess asbestos removal techniques; and guide you through all your other regulatory requirements around asbestos in the workplace.

Case Study – Iron Ore Mining Client

Industrial Safe facilitated a Qualitative Health Risk Assessment (QHRA) for a client at their iron ore mining operation, and subsequently developed a baseline sampling programme to monitor potential health and hygiene hazards.

Using the QHRA and baseline sampling programme, we assisted the client with their successful Contam quota submission to the regulators.

On completion of the baseline sampling programme we conducted a follow up Quantitative Health Risk Assessment which demonstrated effective management of the client’s health risks. The results of the assessment were then used to refine the client’s sampling program and reduce their Contam reporting requirements.

Case Study – Copper Mining Client

Industrial Safe was initially engaged by our client to conduct a Qualitative Health Risk Assessment (QHRA) and implement a monitoring progamme at their copper mine.

With changes to the clients underground operations we were then called upon to conduct an extensive Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) Monitoring Campaign.

The campaign was planned to assess the impact of changes to ventilation and emission sources aimed at reducing exposure to DPM. The results of this campaign soundly demonstrated overwhelming improvements in the air quality underground. The Diesel Particulate Matter Monitoring Campaign Report was well received by internal and external stakeholders in its clear and concise presentation of the findings.

Industrial Safe continues to support our client for all there occupational health and hygiene requirements including but not limited to delivering Noise Surveys, onsite dust and atmospheric monitoring, heat stress monitoring, and water sampling.