To All AISF Members and Industry Stakeholders,

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the Oxytech site in Smithfield, Sydney as we were looking at their facilities for our NSW Powder Coating training. While there Scott Barter and Chris Sweetnam decided to put me through the powder coating training and “have a go” at coating some mag wheels which Scott had in his premises.

I was a little apprehensive, as I have never held a coating gun before and have been researching the Safe Work Australia reviews on working safely with chemicals, however once Scott hooked me up to CleanAir UniMask and AerGo (I have included a product sheet in this newsletter), I felt protected from the risks from exposure to the airborne contaminates. I think protecting yourself and staff from potential exposure risks is a very important subject. During COVID, people accepted the need to wear masks to reduce exposure risks, however we often forget that our PPE also needs to be checked, cleaned, filters replaced, etc. to ensure we are gaining the maximum protection and performance from our equipment.

Before the end of the financial year is a great time to ensure you have adequate supply of PPE and maintenance equipment. If it is in your budget, stock up otherwise it is a great opportunity to review your budget allocations for the following financial year and allocate further funds accordingly.

While our advocacy work is continuing with Safe Work Australia currently reviewing Sulphuric Acid and Titanium Dioxide which our industry regularly uses, the need for individuals and companies to ensure they have the maximum protection available remains prevalent.

We are always welcoming of members enquiries and their input to how we can make our institute work for and with you, so please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions