ABC News William Rollo 4 Mar 2014
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has handed down a report into a fatal explosion on board a ship in the Gladstone Harbour in central Queensland last year.
The engineer was draining water from an air receiver on board the bulk carrier Nireas last March, when an observation window exploded and he was killed.
ABC News 7:30 Qld 28 February 2014
The State Government prepares to launch the second stage of a multi-million dollar campaign to reduce Queensland waistlines, which are the largest in the country.
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NLM Technical Bulletin Jan-Feb 2014; (396):b9.
The National Library of Medicine has updated Haz-Map with 481 new agents, including 23 agents causing occupational asthma. Fifteen new hazardous job tasks linked to jobs and industries were also added in this update.
Haz-Map now covers over 9,170 chemical and biological agents and 241 occupational diseases.
Haz-Map is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biologicals at work. Haz-Map links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms.
Link to Haz-Map
ABC News 23 February 2014
New data from the Australian Heart Foundation shows the weight of the average Australian adult has increased by more than 5.7kgs over the past 25 years. The foundation says the average weight of an Australia man is now 85.9kg, up 6.5kg, while the average woman is 5.7kg heavier at 71.1kg.
Phys Org T.j. Becker February 21, 2014
Researchers have released a new version of the Chemical Companion Decision Support System (CCDSS), a software system that provides first responders with detailed and easy-to-access information about chemicals that may be associated with hazmat incidents. The update enhances the software, which now features more than a dozen tools and information about more than 550 chemicals and 3,838 chemical synonyms.
News.com.au Grace Uhr The Cairns Post February 20, 2014
A SPECIALIST chemist has arrived at a waste station in Portsmith to find out what chemical has been spilled.
Staff are currently being given decontamination showers on site.
BBC News Katie Beck 16 February 2014
While studies show that obesity rates in other developed countries like the US have begun to level off, Australia’s are still on the rise. Late last year, it climbed to fourth in the OECD’s ranking of advanced nations with the largest proportion of obese citizens (28.3%), behind the US, Mexico and New Zealand.
Government programs are implementing education initiatives to reverse the trend.
ABC Health & Wellbeing Cathy Johnson
If you are one of the 50 per cent of Australians who manage to fit in the 30 minutes of exercise every day, well done. But you are probably going to be a little disappointed to know you should now aim for 60 minutes.
Australia’s new physical activity guidelines have been released, and they are a world first in recommending we do up to 300 minutes of exercise every week.
The Guardian AAP 29 January 2014
It’s enough to make you wish you never got out of bed. But researchers believe that they can develop roadside saliva tests to prevent people driving when they are too tired.
Driver fatigue causes two out of ten serious car crash injuries in Australia, says Monash University Professor Shantha Rajaratnam, the leader of a multi-million dollar government project into alertness and safety.