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Student burned in science experiment

In March 2019, a student sustained serious burns and a staff member minor burns during a school science experiment when methylated spirits was applied to an open flame. A second student’s uniform caught fire, but it was extinguished without causing injury. It appears the experiment being undertaken was a soda snake experiment, in which carbon dioxide produced by hot baking soda pushes carbonate out from burning sugar.


New Electrical Equipment Safety System website

08 Jul 2019 | Electrical Safety Office
Topics: Electricity

The Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS), which regulates the safety of household electrical equipment in Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania, has a new website at


Fine imposed for high-pressure clean of asbestos roof

A ruling in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday has again highlighted the dangers of cleaning asbestos roofs and that codes of practice must be followed.


Court reaffirms young workers need appropriate training

A recent ruling in the Maryborough Magistrates Court has reaffirmed that employers must provide young workers with appropriate training and not direct them to perform work above their skills and ability.


Four new appointments to Queensland Industrial Relations Commission

Topics: Legislation

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has announced the appointment of four new commissioners to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).

Date issued: 05 Jul 2019


Nation’s first dust-related disease register starting in Queensland

Queensland workers, including coal workers and stonemasons, will have better workplace health and safety protections, thanks to changes made by the Palaszczuk Government to the Public Health Act 2005 and Public Health Regulation 2018.

Date issued: 03 Jul 2019


Young worker injured by exploding tyre rim

In May 2019, a young worker suffered serious facial injuries when the split rim that he and another worker were performing maintenance on, exploded.


It’s time to renew your WorkCover accident insurance policy

01 Jul 2019 | WorkCover Queensland
Topics: Insurance

Accident insurance policies with WorkCover Queensland are now due for renewal. Wages information needs to be declared to WorkCover by 31 August 2019 so premium can be calculated.

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