Effectively planning for an emergency involves many facets, including first aid, evacuation and fire incident plans. With careful preparation and planning, a finalised emergency procedure plan will assist building occupants in a variety of emergency situations.
First Aid Requirements
First aid requirements will vary from one workplace to the next, depending on the nature of the work, the type of hazards, the workplace size and location, as well as the number of people at the workplace.
These factors must be taken into account when deciding what first aid arrangements need to be provided.
Whenever an incident or accident occurs, there is always a certain amount of avoidance regarding who is to blame or who’s at fault. It’s never easy for small businesses to do a thorough and independent investigation, and even larger companies with their own WHS departments struggle to complete accurate and transparent investigations.
Not only that but when any workplace accident becomes notifiable, there’s a long list of documents and evidence which must be supplied to Safe Work Australia. These notifiable incident reports can be extremely time-consuming, demanding, and detailed. Plus, they must be submitted within a specific time limit, and there is a set of procedures that need to be followed. Let Assurance HR handle it for you.
Slips and trips in the workplace
Slips occur when your foot loses traction with the ground surface due to inappropriate footwear or walking on slippery floor surfaces that are highly polished, wet or greasy.
Trips occur when you catch your foot on an object or surface. In most cases people trip on low obstacles that are hard to spot such as uneven edges in flooring, loose mats, open drawers, untidy tools or electrical cables.
Falls can result from a slip or trip but many occur during falls from low heights such as steps, stairs and curbs, falling into a hole or a ditch or into water.
Managing noise and preventing hearing loss
Managing the noise in the workplace can safe guard the organisation from claims of hearing loss. Very loud sounds can cause the hair cells of the inner ear to collapse and flatten temporarily, resulting in deafness.
This may be temporary or permanent, depending on the noise level and length of exposure. Temporary hearing loss may also be accompanied by a ringing sensation called tinnitus.
If high noise exposure is repeated over many years, the hair cells in the inner ear may also become permanently damaged resulting in permanent hearing loss.
Managing Plant (Machinery and Equipment)
Plant is a major cause of workplace death and injury in workplaces. There are significant risks associated with using plant and severe injuries can result from the unsafe use of plant.
Other risks include hearing loss due to noisy plant and musculoskeletal disorders caused by manually handling or operating plant that is poorly designed.
Key Performance Indicators
WHS reporting, like any other business intelligence, needs to provide management with relevant, robust and timely information that can inform the decisions that influence ongoing business performance.
Poor WHS outcomes can have a detrimental impact on the lives and livelihoods of individuals and their families, on the financial, interpersonal and reputational health of a business and, potentially, on the wider community.
The standard of due diligence required of an officer in the discharge of their WHS duty, together with WHS performance provide a baseline of mandatory requirements that include clear accountabilities and consequences for the actions of those in positions of control.
If you’re doing any high-risk work at your workplace, then it’s essential that you use a SWMS. Click here to find out what SWMS are, how they work, why you should be using SWMS at your workplace.
A workplace inspection is a planned event in which the workplace is inspected to identify potential hazards.
It is the best way of proactively identifying hazards before they have the ability to cause an injury.
Hazardous Manual Tasks Assessments
An assessment involves examining the characteristics of the hazardous manual task to assess whether the forces, movements and postures undertaken by the worker increase their risk of musculoskeletal disorders.
You should carry out a risk assessment for any manual tasks identified as being hazardous, unless the risk is well known and you know how to control it.
Office Ergonomic Assessments
A basic ergonomic assessment is designed to assess your workers environment to ensure they are correctly set up thereby maximising their comfort within the workplace or at home.
Managing electrical risks
Electrocution incidents can be fatal, while non-fatal shocks can result in serious and permanent burn injuries to skin, internal tissues and damage to the heart depending on the length and severity of the shock.
Electric shocks from faulty electrical equipment may also lead to related injuries, including falls from ladders, scaffolding or other elevated work platforms. Other injuries or illnesses may include muscle spasms, palpitations, nausea, vomiting, collapse and unconsciousness.
Those working with electricity may not be the only ones at risk. Poor electrical installation and faulty electrical appliances can lead to electric shock to others at or near the workplace.
All electrical incidents whereby a worker receives an electrical shock shall be reported to WorkSafe Tasmania
Managing Hazardous Substances
Hazardous chemicals are substances that can harm people, property and the environment. They include many common industrial, commercial, pharmaceutical, agricultural and domestic chemicals.
Hazardous chemicals must be treated as a risk in the workplace. This includes storing, handling and managing them correctly to avoid harm to workers, members of the public, property and the environment.
The identification of asbestos in the workplace by a competent person is the first step in managing the risk of exposure to asbestos.
If the person with management or control of the workplace assumes that asbestos or asbestos containing material is present, or if they have reasonable grounds to believe that asbestos is not present, a competent person does not need to be engaged to make that decision.
If you’re unsure whether asbestos is present in any part of a structure or plant it is always best to assume it is present
Working in Confined Spaces
We can assist you by identifying hazards and developing your confined spaces management plans, including a permit system.
We can also undertake initial and follow-up atmospheric testing. If required we can organise portable personal gas monitors for personnel working in the confined space and provide training in their use.