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Orthotic Rooms and OH & S requirements

Discussion in 'Australia' started by One Foot In The Grave, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. One Foot In The Grave

    One Foot In The Grave Active Member


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    Our CH in Melbourne has a haphazard orthotic room set-up which is bound to fail miserably on any OH&S assessment.

    Can anyone point me in the direction of someone who could assist us in obtaining some adequate ventilation solutions (dust and fume extraction) and advise re best set-up solutions?

    Thanks in advance

    Sarah
     
  2. Donna

    Donna Active Member

    Hi Sarah

    I've been nerding it up again :rolleyes: and came across this Safety in Workshops information...it doesn't specifically relate to Orthotic Labs, but it lists some of the equipment used such as bench grinders and polishers...http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/policies/safety_in_workshops

    And also there may be some useful info in the Occupational Health and Safety act...found on http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/LawAndPolicy/Acts/ohsact.htm :cool:

    I hope that some of this is useful... I'm not sure where else to ask for help...perhaps the uni's may have more info on OH & S for orthotic labs? :confused:

    Regards

    Donna :)
     
  3. Mark Egan

    Mark Egan Active Member

    Something else for you to keep in mind is that glue fumes are heavier than air so any ventilation system that attempts to pull the fumes from glueing up off a bench area (which most practices attempt to do) is very ineffective and inefficient. the best system i have seen was a large table with a grill in the middle raised about 2 mm and a vacumm flow running through it. amazing that you could be glueing and not smell a single fume
     
  4. carolethecatlover

    carolethecatlover Active Member

    Yep, 'fume cabinets' for gluing. Sucking the air out from the back and down is good. I have worked in a few of these when making purses some years ago. (I went to Cordwainers...Podiatry was never mentioned. Damm) Wear a mask! Full PP&E Carole
     
  5. Alan

    Alan Member

    OH and S

    Send request to alan@arden.com.au who is working on nail dust and fumes in the beauty industry. A product recently released.
    Also working on a model for podiatry rooms to reduce airborne dusts and fungal products. A prototype is currently being tested in situ.
    Alan Mead
     
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