Isocyanate Awareness & Respirator Training

Isocyanates in the work place: Exposure, Effects & Control.

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Are You Safe?

Did you know work place health and safety are targeting businesses and employees without the appropriate training and log books?

Due to high enquires, demand and new legislative requirements we are now offering a new course on Isocyanate & respirator training.

Helping Employers identify hazards in the place of work

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Employers Obligations:

Under Work Safe Australia Act, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. Work Safe Australia targeted at identifying and controlling the hazards associated with isocyanates is one step toward creating a healthier environment for workers exposed to isocyanate hazards.

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Additional Information

Work Safe Australia permissible exposure limits for isocyanates are very low. Because isocyanates are not easily detected by smell or taste, air monitoring should be used to determine the air concentration levels of isocyanates before selecting the appropriate level of respiratory protection for workers.

Protect yourself from occupational exposure to isocyanates

In an effort to control and protect Employers & Employees from occupational exposure to isocyanates, Get Skilled Australia has established a National Emphasis Program for industries and workplaces exposed to isocyanate hazards. The purpose of the training course is to increase protection for employers and educate workers exposed to isocyanates by first identifying, then reducing or eliminating, incidences related to the adverse health effects associated with occupational exposure to isocyanates.

The health effects of isocyanate exposure include occupational asthma; skin irritation (dermatitis); irritation to the mucous membranes, eyes, nose and throat; gastrointestinal irritation; chemical bronchitis; and pneumonitis. Although symptoms may improve after the irritant is removed, acute asthma attacks may occur after renewed exposure to isocyanates, even if the exposure is very small or very brief. Dermal sensitivity as a result of overexposure to isocyanates may result in rash, itching, hives and swelling of extremities. 

Because isocyanates are typically insoluble in water, they are not easily washed off of an affected worker’s skin or clothing. Continued overexposure to isocyanates may lead to pulmonary sensitization or “isocyanate asthma,” which may include coughing, tightness of the chest and shortness of breath.

Preventing a worker’s exposure to isocyanates is a critical step in eliminating the health hazards associated with isocyanates.

A complete respiratory training program is necessary to help ensure proper respirator selection.

Work Safe Australia permissible exposure limits for isocyanates are very low. Because isocyanates are not easily detected by smell or taste, air monitoring should be used to determine the air concentration levels of isocyanates before selecting the appropriate level of respiratory protection for workers.

 

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