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From identifying hazards to providing education and training, 3M can help you get your job done and get you and your workers back home safely at the end of each day. In this podcast series we discuss health and safety challenges to assist in controlling workplace hazards and risks through the Science of Safety.
 
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Digital technology is creeping in more and more to the workplace safety space. The advent of digital photography has led to the development of combined visual and heat sensing cameras. These are able to detect and differentiate variations in temperature in a workplace environment, which then enables those responsible to make better decisions around…
 
In this episode, part two from Episode #100, host Mark Reggers and PPE specialist Maurice Gould dive deeper into the various technical specifications that differentiate coveralls from one another, and how these differences inform our choices when selecting the most suitable coverall for the intended workplace application. Coveralls vary in all kind…
 
Part one of our two-part series focusing on Protective Coveralls, 3M PPE Specialist Maurice Gould takes host Mark Reggers through the considerations employees and workers must be familiar with when it comes suitable and appropriate PPE Coverall protection. Besides the obvious role of coveralls in keeping workers and their clothes clean, coveralls’ …
 
When you need to work in environments where breathing the air could prove to be hazardous - even fatal - and filtering that air simply won’t guarantee you safe supply, you might have to carry your own air with you. SCBA (Self-Contained breathing Apparatus) allows you to create a portable, safe, clean air solution, and can provide. If fitted properl…
 
How prepared are you if a major disaster or emergency happens at work? Are your responses detailed and practiced? What if the emergency impacts more than just your business or place of work? Do you have the right strategies in place to ensure your communication and response is in line with the management systems of local, state and national emergen…
 
In this episode, host Mark Reggers and 3M’s Terry Gorman, Occupational Hygienist and respiratory protection specialist in PPE, are discussing all about Supplied Airline Systems. Usually, respiratory protection takes the form of filtering or air purifying products, that take the air being breathed in from the environment and filter out the unwanted …
 
In this episode, host Mark Reggers and guest Jane Whitelaw, Certified Occupational Hygienist and RESP-FIT Board Member (more detailed bio below) discuss the RESP-FIT program, which has been developed in response to a need to improve the respirator fit-testing standards and practices in Australia. The Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists …
 
In this episode, host Mark Reggers and guest Professor David Crouch, 3M’s Global Subject Matter Expert – Application Engineering (Defence & Public Safety) continue where they left off and resume their discussion on respiratory protection related to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards. CBRN is an acronym for Chemical, Biological, …
 
In this episode, Professor David Crouch, 3M’s Global Subject Matter Expert – Application Engineering (Defence & Public Safety) joins host Mark Reggers for the first of a two-part series to discuss respiratory protection as it relates to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards. CBRN is an acronym for Chemical, Biological, Radiological…
 
In this episode, host Mark Reggers and guest Adrian Sims, Managing Director at Vent-Tech Ltd continue where they left off and resume their discussion on the subject matter of local exhaust ventilation. Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) is an engineering control designed to reduce or eliminate worker exposure to dust, fumes or other hazardous airborne…
 
In this episode Adrian Sims, Managing Director at Vent-Tech Ltd joins host Mark Reggers for the first of a two-part series to discuss local exhaust ventilation. Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) is an engineering control designed to reduce or eliminate worker exposure to dust, fumes or other hazardous airborne substances that are created by numerous …
 
In this episode, Sarah-Jane Dunford, Director and Principal Consultant from Riskology and One Touch Contracting joins host Mark Reggers to discuss managing contractors. Contractor management refers to a method of controls to effectively manage outsourced work conducted for an individual company to prevent and or minimise potential health and safety…
 
In this episode, host Mark Reggers and guest Mike Clayton, 3M’s Senior Respiratory Protection Research & Application Specialist for the Personal Safety Division in the United Kingdom continue where they left off and resume their discussion on the subject matter of conducting a respirator fit test. Tight-fitting respirators must seal to the wearer’s…
 
In this episode, Mike Clayton, 3M’s Senior Respiratory Protection Research & Application Specialist for the Personal Safety Division in the United Kingdom joins host Mark Reggers for the first of a two-part series to discuss conducting a respirator fit test. Tight-fitting respirators must seal to the wearer’s face to provide the expected protection…
 
In this episode, Kerry Cheung, Certified Occupational Hygienist and Technical Specialist at WorkSafe New Zealand joins host Mark Reggers to discuss their work-related health strategy. Work-related health acknowledges the interaction between a person’s work and their health, focussing on the way work could impact worker health and the way their heal…
 
In this episode, Zach Lawler, Quality and Application Engineer for 3M’s Fall Protection Business in the Personal Safety Division joins host Mark Reggers to discuss fall protection connectors. When it comes to fall protection, connectors are devices that attach the full-body harness to the anchorage system. They are an essential element of any fall …
 
In this episode, Sarah-Jane Dunford, Director and Principal Consultant from Riskology and One Touch Contracting joins host Mark Reggers to discuss safety management systems. Safety management systems provide a systematic business-like approach to managing safety elements in the workplace. They are used to continuously identify and monitor hazards, …
 
In this episode Robert Blackley, Senior Health Physicist and Radiation Services Manager at ANSTO returns to discuss non-ionising radiation with host Mark Reggers. As opposed to ionising radiation, non-ionising radiation is a source of relatively low-energy radiation that does not have enough power to ionise atoms or molecules and unable to change t…
 
In this episode Mike Clayton, 3M’s Senior Respiratory Protection Research & Application Specialist for the Personal Safety Division in the United Kingdom joins host Mark Reggers to discuss respiratory protection equipment factors. Respiratory protective equipment factors are numbers that reflect how much protection a respirator is capable of offeri…
 
In this episode Zach Lawler, Quality and Application Engineer for 3M’s Fall Protection Business in the Personal Safety Division joins host Mark Reggers to discuss fall protection body harnesses. A full-body harness is a critical component of a fall protection system used when working at height. In the event of a fall, the harness retains the wearer…
 
In this episode Tejaswi Shetty, Microbiologist and Senior Property Risk Consultant at Greencap joins host Mark Reggers to discuss cooling towers and the hazards they can present. A cooling tower is a heat rejection device used to lower the temperature of the water contained within it through evaporative cooling. It expels waste heat to the environm…
 
In this episode Robert Blackley, Senior Health Physicist and Radiation Services Manager at ANSTO joins host Mark Reggers to discuss ionising radiation. Ionising radiation is the energy produced from natural or artificial sources in the form of waves or particles. It has enough power to change the composition of substances it interacts with by break…
 
In this episode Carmen Naylor, Certified Occupational Hygienist supporting High Reliability at ANSTO as the Occupational Hygiene Leader joins host Mark Reggers to discuss the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), who they are and what they do. ANSTO is one of Australia’s largest public research organisations and provides t…
 
In this episode, Terry Gorman, 3M’s Lead Application Engineer for the Personal Safety Division in Australia and New Zealand joins host Mark Reggers to discuss surgical masks and respirators, and the difference between them. Surgical masks and respirators may look similar, with the names often used interchangeably. However, when it comes to respirat…
 
In this episode, host Mark Reggers and guest Carolyn Topping, Acting Director of the Occupational Health and Hygiene Unit within Workplace Health and Safety Queensland continue where they left off and resume their discussion on the subject matter of engineered stone and silica. In recent years there has been much discussion surrounding engineered s…
 
In this episode, Carolyn Topping, Acting Director of the Occupational Health and Hygiene Unit within Workplace Health and Safety Queensland joins host Mark Reggers for the first of a two-part series to discuss engineered stone and silica. In recent years there has been much discussion surrounding engineered stone benchtops causing a resurgence in s…
 
In this episode, host Mark Reggers and guest David Hauser, Team Manager in Property Risk at Greencap resume where they left off and continue their discussion on the subject matter of Property Risk. Property risk relates to a broader area than just the land and buildings in question. It covers risks associated with the asset, the infrastructure and …
 
In this episode, David Hauser, Team Manager in Property Risk at Greencap joins host Mark Reggers for the first of a two-part series to discuss Property Risk. Property risk relates to a broader area than just the land and buildings in question. It covers risks associated with the asset, the infrastructure and people. It looks at how a property is ma…
 
In this episode host Mark Reggers and guest Jackii Shepherd, Safe Work Australia’s Director of Occupational Hygiene Policy and Team Manager for their Workplace Exposure Standards Review continue where they left off and resume their discussion on the exposure standards review process. Under the model work health and safety laws, a workplace exposure…
 
In this episode, the first of a two-part series, guest Jackii Shepherd, Safe Work Australia’s Director of Occupational Hygiene Policy and Team Manager for their Workplace Exposure Standards Review joins host Mark Reggers to discuss the exposure standards review process. Under the model work health and safety laws, a workplace exposure standard is a…
 
In this episode host Mark Reggers and guest Terry Gorman, 3M’s Lead Application Engineer for the Personal Safety Division in Australia and New Zealand continue where they left off and resume their discussion on the subject matter of bushfires and respiratory protection. Bushfire smoke generates a gigantic volatile cocktail of hydrocarbons of variou…
 
In this episode, Terry Gorman, 3M’s Lead Application Engineer for the Personal Safety Division in Australia and New Zealand joins host Mark Reggers for the first of a two-part series to discuss bushfires and respiratory protection. Bushfire smoke generates a gigantic volatile cocktail of hydrocarbons of various sizes, shapes and toxicity. Measuring…
 
In this episode, Terry Gorman, 3M’s Occupational Hygienist for the Personal Safety Division in Australia and New Zealand joins host Mark Reggers to discuss Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) care and maintenance. Respiratory protective equipment can be the lifeblood of your tool kit, protecting you from a host of respiratory ailments and diseas…
 
In this episode Catherine Dunkerley, Senior Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Standards Australia, takes a deeper dive into the world of standards with host Mark Reggers as they explore how standards are developed. Standards are documents that set out specifications, procedures and guidelines that aim to ensure products, services, and systems are s…
 
In this episode host Mark Reggers and guest Peter Knott, occupational hygienist with GCG Consulting continue where they left off and resume their discussion on the subject matter of coal dust. Coal dust is a fine powdered form of coal which is created by the crushing, grinding or pulverising of coal during mining, handling and transportation. Coal …
 
In this episode Peter Knott, occupational hygienist with GCG Consulting joins host Mark Reggers for the first of a two-part series to discuss coal dust. Coal dust is a fine powdered form of coal which is created by the crushing, grinding or pulverising of coal during mining, handling and transportation. Coal dust exposure is hazardous to mine worke…
 
In this episode host Mark Reggers and guest Dr Ross Di Corleto, Principal Consultant and Director of Monitor Consulting Services continue where they left off and resume their discussion on the subject matter of heat stress & strain in the workplace. Heat stress and heat strain are two different terms that are often incorrectly interchanged, using o…
 
In this episode Dr Ross Di Corleto, Principal Consultant and Director of Monitor Consulting Services joins host Mark Reggers for the first of a two-part series on heat stress & strain in the workplace. Heat stress and heat strain are two different terms that are often incorrectly interchanged, using one phrase for the other. Heat stress refers to t…
 
In this episode Steven Nikolovski, State Inspector for Asbestos and Demolition at SafeWork NSW joins us to discuss loose-fill asbestos, what it is, and why it so bad. Loose-fill asbestos is a dangerous form of asbestos used as insulation material and manufactured from raw crushed asbestos. It was used as ceiling insulation in the ’60s and ‘70s by a…
 
In this episode Linda Apthorpe, Consultant Occupational Hygienist and University Lecturer returns to discuss naturally occurring asbestos. Naturally occurring asbestos is the natural geological occurrence of asbestos minerals found in association with geological deposits including rock, sediments and soils. Generally, this refers to asbestos that h…
 
In this episode Linda Apthorpe, Consultant Occupational Hygienist and University Lecturer joins us to discuss the topic of asbestos in soil. Asbestos in soil can be found on a variety of properties, be it residential, commercial or recreational. It may exist for several reasons, including buildings that contained asbestos not being demolished and d…
 
In this episode, David Provan, Managing Director of Forge Works joins us, along with returning guest Pam Pryor, to discuss rules and procedures in safety and how it fits into the OHS Body of Knowledge. Rules and procedures play a pivotal role in health and safety, particularly in high-risk environments. However, excessive documentation and governan…
 
In this episode David Caple, Director of David Caple & Associates Pty Ltd. joins us, along with last weeks guest Pam Pryor, to discuss health and safety in design and how it fits into the OHS Body of Knowledge. Health and Safety in Design is one of the core elements of control and intervention to manage and mitigate risk. It maps out the process th…
 
In this episode Pam Pryor, OHS Body of Knowledge Development Manager at the Safety Institute of Australia joins us to discuss the OHS Body of Knowledge, what it is and how it is used. The OHS Body of Knowledge is an ever-evolving knowledge base that occupational health and safety professionals can reference. First published in 2012, the project fun…
 
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