Envirofluid is proud to help the Indigenous Literacy Foundation in making a positive difference in the early literacy levels of Indigenous Australian children living in remote communities.  This, in turn, helps to improve their lives and opportunities.

  

 

The Foundation is an initiative of the Australian Book Industry, drawing on its expertise and resources to help them provide books and literacy resources for children in remote communities across Australia.

The Foundation works to improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote communities through the provision of books and literacy resources in over 200 communities across Australia.

In the past three years the Indigenous Literacy Foundation has:

  • delivered more than 350,000 books and literacy resources to over 280 remote communities
  • implemented their early literacy Book Buzz program in over 30 remote communities
  • published or funded 88 Community Literacy Projects
  • travelled with ambassadors and authors to conduct writing workshops in remote schools across Australia

To find out more visit www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au

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Beginning the 1st of January 2017, federal workplaces have been required to label hazardous chemicals that are consistent with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation. The GHS is a system for standardising and harmonising the classification and labelling of chemicals, which was developed by an international team of hazard communication experts appointed by the UN.

The Necessity of Global Harmonisation

Classification of and regulatory systems for chemicals have been in place in many countries for years. In some cases, several systems are simultaneously implemented even within the same country, requiring different classifications, labels, and safety data sheets (SDS) for the same product. This leads to:

  • Higher governmental expenses in order to regulate and enforce systems;
  • Greater compliance expenditures for companies, and;
  • Confusion for workers who must comprehend the hazards of a chemical for their own safety, thus leading to inconsistent protection against exposure

The goal of the GHS is to provide readily available information on the hazardous properties of chemicals as well as recommended control measures. With the GHS in place, the safe production, transport, use, and disposal of said chemicals become more manageable, resulting in the protection of humans and the environment.

With the help of the GHS, chemical hazards are more easily identified by and communicated to those who are potentially exposed, such as workers, transport workers, emergency responders, and consumers.

ADG Code vs GHS

The Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code is only applicable to the transport of dangerous goods via road and rail. For instance, the ADG Codes require specific signages on trucks or trains bearing the dangerous goods, as well as at the entrance to the storage facility. It provides information that pertains to managing immediate hazards during transport, such as emergency situations.

On the other hand, the WHS Regulations for GHS labelling provide information regarding the use, handling, and storage of hazardous chemicals at the workplace.

Consistent and Coherent

The implementation of the GHS not only improves the quality of the information regarding hazards in the workplace, but also ensures that this information is consistent; therefore, workers can more easily identify hazardous chemicals and understand how to appropriately handle, store, use, and dispose of these.


Figure 1: GHS Compliant Label

A GHS compliant label includes the following sections:

  • Product identifier – indicates the name of the hazardous chemical and the proportion of each ingredient it contains.
  • Signal word – states the severity of the hazard presented by the chemical: ‘Warning’ for less severe hazards and ‘Danger’ for severe hazards.
  • Pictogram – a symbol designed to quickly communicate special information about the hazards of chemicals. The pictogram is a black symbol on a white background within a red diamond.
  • Hazard statement – a short and straightforward message illustrates the nature of the hazard (e.g., “Fatal if swallowed”).
  • Precautionary statement – explains how to store, handle, or use the chemical properly and/or how to respond in case of exposure.
  • Contact information of Australian manufacturer or importer.


Figure 2: GHS Pictograms

The Challenges of Compliance

Some companies, especially small- to mid-sized businesses, may find GHS compliance a costly issue to deal with as they face a few hurdles along the way:

  • Obtaining accurate information to include in the GHS label – As previously mentioned, there are six specific details required for each GHS label. Searching for up-to-date safety data sheets, as well as the other required details, can prove challenging for some enterprises, especially since there are many who still don’t understand the labelling requirements set forth by GHS.
  • Sourcing durable GHS labels – GHS labels must be able to withstand the harshest environments and chemicals. Ordinary office-grade labels easily peel, fade, crack or harden, and will fail compliance. GHS compliant labels should be able to resist grease, oil, solvents, degreasers, harsh cleansers, and disinfectants depending on their application and environment. They must also be resistant to abrasion, scuffing, tearing, and moisture.
  • Getting appropriately-sized GHS labels – Containers for chemicals come in various sizes, from huge barrels to small spray bottles or even test vials. GHS labels must be able to fit these containers.
  • Finding GHS labels that adhere to different surfaces – Chemical containers come in different materials, such as metal, plastic, polycarbonate, glass, and more. For labels to pass muster, they must readily and effectively adhere to whatever surface they need to be applied.
  • Keeping up with changes to labelling requirements – The fact is that labelling requirements for hazardous chemicals are subject to change, and companies big and small will constantly have to work towards complying with regulations.

Safe and Healthy Alternatives

At Envirofluid, we envision a better world where toxic and hazardous chemicals are no longer commonplace and that is why we offer safer, high-performance chemicals to replace dangerous ones that put people at risk of instant injury or harm.

Because Envirofluid products reduce health and safety risks, this translates to a decrease in your WHS and environmental compliance costs. Furthermore, our products can be used for a number of different applications, eliminating the need to store multiple toxic and dangerous chemicals for different purposes.

Our chemicals not only drastically reduce health and safety risks in the workplace, as well as long-term illnesses caused by many common chemicals; they are also gentle on the planet, ensuring that we are leaving a better world for future generations.

Learn more as to our range here.

 

Interested in learning more as to WHS? Check out Who is a PCBU and what are your WHS responsibilities?

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The Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) Spanner Club is an age old tradition to bring RAEME Craftsmen together to network and socialise with fellow craftsmen, and an opportunity to meet with suppliers of relevant products for the workshops.

 

Envirofluid and Blackwoods supported the RAEME Spanner Club held at the 7RAR workshops at Edinburgh on Friday 27th July, displaying the range of Envirofluid safety solvents and eco-friendly chemical cleaning solutions.

Team members from Envirofluid and Blackwoods were on hand to share trade knowledge, answer questions and suggest solutions to difficult cleaning problems and safety related issues with current chemical and solvent cleaning processes.

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The Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists Inc (AIOH) is Australia’s premier professional association representing the interests of occupational hygienists. AIOH’s mission is to promote and preserve the health and wellbeing of Australian workers through application of the knowledge, practice and standing of occupational health and occupational hygiene. www.aioh.org.au

Enviofluid is offering high preformance replacements for some of the world’s most commonly used toxic and dangerous chemicals.

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Envirofluid is showcasing a range of Triple7 products at Sheepvention the premier rural event for Southwest Victoria in August.

Sheepvention is Hamilton Pastoral and Agricultural Society’s biggest farming event with over 25,000 visitors attending last year’s show in regional Victoria.  With a mix of competitions, entertainment, food and fashion, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Come along and visit us there!

Envirobore, Enviroclear and Heavy Duty Commercial are featured products, they are 100% bio based chemicals used for water treatment and wash down.

              

What is Triple7 Commercial?

A diluted version of the super-concentrated chemistries, making them a similar strength to other cleaners and degreasers available on the market.  These products can still be diluted up to 20% for industrial applications.

The Commercial label includes Triple7’s main cleaners and degreasers formulated to standard industry chemical strength – a price comparable litre to litre price whilst giving a worksafe and environmental advantage alongside the superior cleaning performance Triple7 is renowned for.

 

Green safety chemical kid friendlyProducts available in Commercial strength:

Triple7 Glass Shine

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Triple7 Hospitality

Triple7 Mega Clean

Triple7 Odour Control

Triple7 Pristine Clean

 

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Jesse

Envirofluid is proud to support the amazingly talented illustrator, Jesse.

Jesse was born in NZ in the year 2000 with no arms or legs, and has been in a wheelchair his whole life – but a lack of limbs wasn’t about to hold him back. Using only his mouth Jesse, now 16, has become a successful commercial illustrator! What’s even more amazing is he now holds a learner’s permit and plans to develop his own self-drive vehicle. We have no doubt he’ll be successful.

To help Jesse achieve his goals we order hundreds of his beautifully drawn calendars each year and distribute them to our customers.

He is an inspiration to all of us here and we look forward to continuing our support in the future.

 

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Envirofluid have helped improve many workplaces by removing risks, increasing health, improving performance, and driving down through-life operations costs.

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