The Balloon Council
Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2000 13:37:37 +1100
Subject:  Helium safety
From: "DON DIXON" <balloons@magna.com.au>
To: Balloon Headquarters <balloondeco@balloonhq.com>

G'Day from Downunder,
There is something here that appears to be completely overlooked in my opinion!

Who is ultimately responsible for conveying health and safety information of a product?
If a person overdoses on pills, is it the Pharacist's Guild who was responsible for
conveying safety information to the public? No! It's the manufacturer of the medicine. The
Drug Company!

Why is the balloon industry intent on carrying out the warnings to the public that should
be coming from the helium suppliers? Why do we allow them to sit back and do little (if
anything) about this? The balloon industry is only ONE of the markets where helium is
sold.

Yes, I agree that we have a resposibility to our customers, to our employees and our peers
to promote safety with helium. But letters of safety warnings to abusers such as; Fedex,
TV personalities, newspapers, and the like, should be on the letterhead of Praxair, Air
Liquide, Air Products, Linde Gases and others.

Simple ..... the post on BHQ that noted the unsafe use of helium ..... I copied it to the
major helium suppliers in Australia so that THEY can (and should) action it "from the
top". We address safety issues at our level of commerce. They have an obligation to convey
the safety message to ALL potential users of the gases they sell. Might I suggest each of
us on the list demand our helium supplier takes the appropriate course of action with
FedEx. 

Don & Dolly Dixon  CBAs
Business of Balloons Pty Ltd
Sydney - AUSTRALIA