September 2014 Newsletter

We thought we would start this newsletter off by reminding everyone about the upcoming Safe Work Month, which kicks off with a great breakfast launch on the 2nd October. Good time to start the planning! There are some great posters available on the website (http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/) to use in the workplace for a timely reminder as to why we all “work safe for the moments that matter” which is the theme used this year. I recommend that you all take 5 minutes to “google” the site and see what can be used in your workplace, or what type of event you can run. It can be as simple as remembering to update the training for the staff, look at the documents you have in the safety system, are they current (they all have an expiry date), even a morning tea to just take 5 and ask “how are we all going?”.

Safe Work Month could also be used to consult with your team in the area of “disaster management planning” and what should they be looking for when we all are faced with higher risk management requirements such as we will be experiencing through the time of the G20 Summit in November.

Through the month there are also a number of well run and informative sessions that you may find helpful to your businesses.

A point to think about is that 17 Queenslanders per year die as a result of a traumatic workplace incident and in excess of 5000 suffer permanent incapacity!!! A thought we should keep in mind.

On another issue we raised the fact in last month’s newsletter about “checks” and some business audits that were starting to be undertaken as the pro active safety management by WHSQ. We have listed some of the industry sectors and what will be assessed and the focus.

All of industry interventions

Asbestos registers

Asbestos removal businesses

Participative ergonomics for manual tasks (PErforM)

  • In Queensland, the highest number of non-fatal workers’ compensation claims is for musculoskeletal injuries. The majority of these injuries are caused by manual tasks. This program is a simplified risk management program that involves workplace teams devising solutions for high risk manual tasks.

People at work

  • The People at Work project is a psychosocial risk assessment process. It measures how different workplace characteristics influence worker health and well-being, focusing particularly on risks to psychological health.

Construction

Leadership in major contractors: Preventing sprain and strain injuries.

Manual handling of plasterboard

Mobile and operational plant in construction

Manufacturing

Legionella in cooling towers

Manifest quantity workplaces

  • Hazardous Chemical Safety will be monitored through in-depth evaluations of safety systems for specific elements of a workplace’s hazardous chemicals safety management system for targeted high-end quantity manifest quantity workplaces.

Red meat processing

  • Over the next two years, key processes in the manufacture of red meat and game meat will be audited including the cattle yards, kill floor, boning room, process room, offal room, rendering plant, load-out, maintenance and cleaning activities. Inspectors will concentrate on the priority mechanisms of injury (body stressing, hitting and being hit by objects, falls, trips and slips); heat, electricity and other environmental factors; chemicals and other substances; and biological factors.

Red meat and poultry processing industries

  • Inspectors will work with stakeholders to identify and manage risks associated with meat processing workplaces.

Transport

Service station operators

  • A statewide audit of randomly chosen sites will be conducted to assess compliance with the hazardous chemicals provisions in the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

Preventing falls from trucks

  • Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is running a campaign to help workers, operators and employers understand the risks of falls while working on or around trucks at worksites across Queensland. Inspectors will audit the risk of falls from trucks by looking at the design of the vehicle, type of equipment used, work practices and risk management.

Other industry sectors

Parks and Gardens – Australian Bat Lyssa Virus

Recreation – Amusement Devices

  • Audits of amusement devices at agricultural shows, small and large festivals, corporate functions, schools.

Retail/Wholesale – Hazardous Chemicals in the water treatment industry

  • Selected workplaces with chlorine gas or bulk quantities of oxidisers and corrosives associated with the water treatment industry will be inspected to assess hazard identification and risk management associated with the use, storage and handling of water treatment industry-related hazardous chemicals. Some pool chemical retailers will also be inspected to assess their safe management of hazardous chemicals.

As you can see the “industries” and coverage of the Audits are wide spread and the agricultural sector also is included so that the workers there do not feel left out!!

So as always we hope that this has given you useful information and assisted you in ensuring you are doing as much as is “reasonably practicable” to maintain a safe work environment by also managing your hazards and risks.

Until next month…..remember if there is anything you need assistance with, you know who to contact!!!

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