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Health and Safety

The following are useful articles on health and safety for personal use.

Decommissioning Chemical Plants- A Proven Roadmap - The current economic and socio-political environment has made product lifecycles of chemicals much shorter. Also cost pressures, regulatory pressures, influence of non-state actors and changing market geographies, mean that manufacturing plants (examples are chemical process plants, Oil & Gas facilities, hydrocarbon processing plants and similar) need to be shuffled around, shut down or shifted at a much higher frequency than in earlier years. This article is a primer on how company managements can handle this without getting overwhelmed by the complexities of these projects. This can happen because quite a few company managements may be very skilled and versatile when setting up new plants, but may be inexperienced while doing the reverse - from ICEweb sponsor Abhisam Software.

Mounting Evidence that Carbon Nanotubes May be the New Asbestos - Carbon nanotubes – thin, hollow cylinders made of carbon atoms – look very much like asbestos. In 2004, the United Kingdom’s Royal Society and risk specialists at the world’s second largest reinsurance agent Swiss Re warned that once in our lungs, nanotubes may also behave like asbestos. Since then, a series of experiments have demonstrated that when introduced into the lungs of rodents, carbon nanotubes cause inflammation, granuloma development, fibrosis, artery ‘plaque’ responsible for heart attacks and DNA damage. Two independent studies have shown that carbon nanotubes can also cause the onset of mesothelioma – cancer previously thought to be only associated with asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, despite mounting evidence of the asbestos-like dangers of carbon nanotubes, their commercial use is also growing rapidly – in sports goods, car and aeroplane parts, reinforced plastics and electronics- from Friends of the Earth Australia.

A desktop based Incident Recording, Reporting and Management Software Tool - This free tool allows the recording and management of incidents and accidents, identifying trends using integrated filtering and reporting tools. It also includes automatic creation of the UK government's required standard RIDDOR incident report - From SHE Software Limited.

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          Treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time.
        And remember that time waits for no one.

         Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery.

        Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present!!!

Getting Life into Perspective - This link (author unknown) is really thought provoking.

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Safety information -Energy Safety in Western Australia publishes a range of informational brochures related to safe use of electricity and gas in and around the home as well as in the workplace.

WARNING: HOTELS COULD BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH...by Captain RH Kauffman, Los Angeles County Fire Department -Have you ever been in a hotel during a fire? It’s a frightening experience, and you should start thinking about it.