National Work Safe month—Work Health and Safety through COVID-19


To help you prepare, new work health and safety (WHS) resources have been published on the National Safe Work Month website, including:

Join National Safe Work Month and commit to keeping people safe and healthy at work information sheet

WHS best practice checklist for employers

Keeping WHS a priority in your workplace information sheet

COVID-19 WHS case studies.

Employers, small businesses, duty holders and work health and safety representatives are encouraged to download these resources and distribute them within their workplaces to keep WHS a priority during National Safe Work Month.

Supporting the overarching National Safe Work Month theme – Work Health and Safety through COVID-19, each week of October will focus on a WHS topic, including mental health and using data to create better WHS policy. Each topic has a downloadable poster and social media tile so you can easily promote them in your workplace and to your networks.

Don’t forget to use #safeworkmonth and #safetytogether, when promoting your organisation’s National Safe Work Month initiatives on social media.

To receive the latest updates, subscribe to our National Safe Work Month mailing list.

Together, we can create safer workplaces for everyone.

~sSafe Work Australia, 1 October 2020

~tIndia takes first step towards regulating PFASs

India has taken its first steps towards developing a framework for regulating and governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) by adopting international standards for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

As a starting point, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) announced on 28 September that it would adopt the following PFOS and PFOA International Standards Organisation (ISO) benchmarks as Indian Standards (IS):

ISO 3696:1987 water for analytical laboratory use – specification and test methods;

ISO 5667-1 water quality – sampling – part 1: guidance on the design of sampling programmes and sampling techniques; and

ISO 8466-1:1990 water quality – calibration and evaluation of analytical methods and estimation of performance characteristics – part 1: statistical evaluation of the linear calibration function.

The consultation process for the adoption of these standards – which involved the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Distribution, the administrative body for the BIS – has finished and formal notification giving effect to the new standards is expected within the next two months. According to the announcement from the BIS, it was “necessary to develop Indian Standards for [the] determination of PFOS and PFOA so that they can be utilised by regulatory bodies in the country”.

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~sChemical Watch, 30 September 2020