Enviro Chasing Services Outlook for 2018-2019

WA home build numbers are set to slowly, but not dramatically, improve in 2018/19 from about 19,000 this year. Business confidence is improving, and the latest budget has been kind to WA. This bodes well for the immediate future.

Envirochasing Services is growing rapidly, and we look forward to providing our service to an increasing number of clients over the next few months and into the new financial year. We are planning to add franchisees to keep up with the increased demand and to ensure our service levels remain top notch.

Click this link for more information regarding franchise opportunities.

ABN Group Update

As of 1 March 2018, ABN Group Builders will no longer allow the use of hand-held concrete powercutters (quickcut or general purpose powercutters) on their sites in wall chasing applications.

These saws are designed for concrete cutting and have a number of associated hazards when used for wall chasing. This includes CO emissions and manual handling issues amongst others.

We fully support this decision and congratulate ABN Group for taking leadership on this important safety issue. They are the first major builder to do so and we believe others will follow. This important change will make the industry safer for all concerned.
We would like to remind our clients that the equipment we use is not included in this ban as it is purpose-designed for wall chasing applications.  Our equipment along with comprehensive operator training is designed to address all of the key hazards associated with this activity.

Protect Yourself From Sillicosis

 

What is silicosis?
Silicosis is a disease of the lungs caused primarily by the breathing of dust containing crystalline silica particles. This dust can cause fibrosis or scar tissue formations in the lungs that reduce the lung’s ability to work to extract oxygen from the air. There is no cure for this disease, thus, prevention is the only answer.

Why is it deadly?
You can be in danger even if you don’t see the dust. When you breathe dust that contains silica, the tiny particles may damage your lungs. Silicosis can form in your lungs in as little as a few weeks of very high dust exposure. Even breathing small amounts over time can cause disease years later. By the time it gets hard to breathe, you are already sick and there is no cure for silicosis. Silica dust may also cause lung cancer or increase your chance of getting tuberculosis – and it has been linked to COPD and other illnesses.”
– HD Supply Safety Updates Booklet, 2018, p. 33.

How can you protect yourself?
The good news is that silicosis is preventable! When wall chasing ensure you use a fully compliant contractor who knows the code and can confidently discuss what is required to keep operators safe. When chasing in-house, you should ensure you are either using water to the blade or a dry vacuum system to help reduce silica exposure. For all conventional wet and dry cutting methods, respirators should always be worn for operator protection as data* shows Australian Standards are quickly exceeded in wall chasing applications.

* Data taken from: Report: Hazards of Quik-Cut Chasing Saw: with Main Focus, the Assessment and Control of Carbon Monoxide Exposure..by David Torr, 2003, p. 43

Workplace safety penalties to rise by up to 800% in WA


The McGowan Government will increase penalties for workplace safety offences to bring WA into line with other states. These new penalties will take place ahead of the introduction of the Government’s Work Health and Safety Bill which is expected to be introduced into State Parliament by mid-2019.

First offences for body corporate offenders will drastically increase. Level 1 penalties will increase from $50,000 to $456,000 and Level 4 first time offences will increase from $500,000 to $2.7 million.

For more information, please see WA Government Media Statements and an article from Employsure.

Silica Dust – The cancer risk tradies cannot see


Cancer Council Australia are calling for tradies to be more aware of the cancer risks on the job. On 12th October 2017, they published a fact sheet on workplace cancer. One of the main causes in Australia is exposure to silica dust.

Approximately 587,000 Australian workers were exposed to silica dust in 2011. This exposure can lead to the development of lung cancer, silicosis, kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Of these 587,000 people, they estimate that 5,758 people will likely develop lung cancer as a result of this exposure.

Terry Slevin, Chair, Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk Committee Cancer Council Australia, said “Proper protection is a lot more than just wearing a dust mask. It includes on-site ventilation, using specialised tools with appropriate blades and dust suppression features”.

At Enviro Chasing Services, we are committed to ensuring the safety of our operators as well as other trades that may be on site at the time of cutting. Using our unique, patented saws and related equipment, we are the only operator in Western Australia using equipment purposely designed for wall chasing. This is important as we have designed in a number of key safety features to manage the many safety risks associated with wall chasing and concrete cutting.

For more information from the Cancer Council regarding silica dust, workplace exposure and effective controls, please click here.
For more information regarding our equipment and safety features, please watch the video below.

WorkSafe Bulletin

WorkSafe have issued the following safety bulletin with regards to wall chasing issues in the industry. We would like to reassure you, that we fully comply with all aspects and requirements outlined in this document.
If you have any questions, or require any further information/documentation regarding our compliance on this matter, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Issues With Wall Chasing

Fume Tube wins “Most Innovative Product – Industry Choice” at World of Concrete Trade Show, Las Vegas 2015”

Fume Tube has no equivalent. The entire product represents an innovative design solution addressing very significant Health and Safety issues in the industry. The Fume Tube is much more than just a tube! This product can be attached to the muffler of a broad range of combustion-powered equipment and through an associated vacuum system, completely eliminates all hazardous exhaust fume including Carbon Monoxide (CO) from the operators work area.

This is particularly important when working in enclosed spaces where CO can build up quickly and overcome operators. The dangers of CO in workplaces are well documented and to our knowledge no other system is available that completely eliminates this hazard so effectively and efficiently.

The Fume tube is lightweight and extremely durable, has no moving parts and can be very easily and quickly attached to a wide range of equipment. In another variation and in combination with our wall chasing saws, the Fume Tube also removes the majority of dust and slurry generated from the cutting process. This mitigates the risks associated with Crystalline Silica inhalation and slippage on slurry.

The benefits of Fume Tube to contractors and operators are clear. In many parts of the works now, there are strict regulations governing CO emissions on workplaces. There have been many well documented cases where CO has contributed to death and serious injury on worksites. This is most relevant when work is being carried out in enclosed spaces such as within buildings and in ditches and other areas where ventilation is restricted. Fume Tube completely eliminates this hazard.

Likewise, the hazards of Crystalline Silica when cutting bricks and concrete materials are well known and include silicosis, a serious lung disease. Fume Tube, in another variation, can greatly mitigate these risks by removing most of the dust from the operators work area in combination with water supression at the cutting surface and a powerful vacuum system.

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