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  • Super User - Page 2 - Work Safety Hub
    See how specific industries are performing and gauge how well your business is doing in compassion E books Tools Fast facts businesses need to know about hazards in the workplace Fact Sheets Learn the tips and tricks to deal with workers compensation reduce your premium and improve productivity Insights Download procedure and risk assessment templates ready for use at work Templates Talk to a certified OHS specialist about your workplace safety obligations Employer Helpline Courses OHS Courses to keep your skills up to date and meet your legal obligations Short Courses Short sharp and easy way to get analysis insights and expert opinion on key developments Briefings Blog About Us Contact Us Recent Searches Anything in here will be replaced on browsers that support the canvas element OHS Business Subscription Trips Chemical Reps Health Violence Bullying OHS consulting Slips exposure Procedures Hazardous Substance Manual Handling Falls Fixed Fee Support View Audits Inspections Short Courses Videos Automation Employer Subscription Subscribe to blog Work Safety Hub The Work Safety Hub blog Super User Super User has not set their biography yet Subscribe to blogger updates Subscribe to feed 4 Crucial steps to managing visitor safety in your workplace Tweet The OH S acts do not distinguish between your responsibilities to your employees contractors or visitors If you are in control of your workplace you must be in control of your visitors Here we suggest some time proven effective measures which you should apply to all your visitors for the duration of their visit to your workplace You need to ensure that visitors are aware of their responsibilities and that visits are properly inducted so as to ensure visitors do not inadvertently cause any harm to themselves or your personnel Tags Access Egress Entry Exits Induction Visitors Continue reading Posted by Super User

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/blogger/listings/admin?start=2 (2014-01-05)
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  • Ignorance of Aussie First Aid, How Many More? - Work Safety Hub
    Tweet St John Ambulance Australia reported that out of ten organisations in Australia nine are illiterate of First Aid use Surprisingly this raises a wakeup call among business enterprises as it puts millions of Australian workers at risk Most notable is Tasmania where workplaces do not have appropriate first aid resources Tasmanian spokesman for the Australian Retailers Association Robert Parker gave the reason that the sector s high staff turnover made first aid training difficult St John conducted a comprehensive study with the title First Aid Readiness in the Australian Workplace It thoroughly assessed Australian organisation s readiness and compliance to facilitate First Aid to injured or ill workers Samples of organisations were studied and were taken from different industries with primary focus on the hospitality and retail industries It found education workplaces were the most prepared 21 5 while the retail sector was the worst 6 St John likewise revealed that only a measly 13 of the organisations are aware of how to keep their employees safe St John s CEO Peter LeCornu said the new Code will change first aid responsibilities for Australian businesses The labour ministry should utilise the results as instrumental to bridge the knowledge gap in First Aid use in Aussie workplace Majority of Australian employers 65 are unaware of Safe Work Australia s new Code of Practice for First Aid in the Workplace Mr LeCornu stated that Australian workplaces are in a volatile situation and employers need to act now to reduce the risk to their employees customers and ultimately their businesses The St John research shows that a serious first aid knowledge gap exists Results of the research were summarised as follows Western Australia garnered the lowest level of first aid readiness 8 8 with lower than one in ten workplaces adhered to the guidelines set out by the new Code Victoria 15 4 and New South Wales Australian Capital Territory 14 3 have the largest levels of first aid readiness but still under complied with the required 1 in 6 workplaces followed the guidelines set out by the new Code Estimated less than half of Aussie workplaces have appropriate workplace first aid resources first aid kits and signage Approximately less than half 48 of Australian workplaces offer accredited first aid training to their employees Only 24 of employees have participated in first aid drills Like a model Boy and Girl Scout preparation is key to any organisation Administering first aid in the first five minutes in a life threatening incident can significantly change the outcome Businesses need to be ready to save a life and empower the welfare of employees with the alertness to act at once It is not just a matter of buying a first aid kit and assuming staff will know what to do said Mr LeCornu He said further Every employer should be striving for best practice when it comes to first aid and St John recommends conducting an initial first aid risk assessment evaluation to proactively ensure

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/entry/ignorance-of-aussie-first-aid-how-many-more (2014-01-05)
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  • St. John Ambulance Australia - Work Safety Hub
    health and safety topics Podcasts and Videos See how specific industries are performing and gauge how well your business is doing in compassion E books Tools Fast facts businesses need to know about hazards in the workplace Fact Sheets Learn the tips and tricks to deal with workers compensation reduce your premium and improve productivity Insights Download procedure and risk assessment templates ready for use at work Templates Talk to a certified OHS specialist about your workplace safety obligations Employer Helpline Courses OHS Courses to keep your skills up to date and meet your legal obligations Short Courses Short sharp and easy way to get analysis insights and expert opinion on key developments Briefings Blog About Us Contact Us Recent Searches Anything in here will be replaced on browsers that support the canvas element OHS Business Subscription Trips Chemical Reps Health Violence Bullying OHS consulting Slips exposure Procedures Hazardous Substance Manual Handling Falls Fixed Fee Support View Audits Inspections Short Courses Videos Automation Employer Subscription Subscribe to blog Work Safety Hub The Work Safety Hub blog Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged St John Ambulance Australia Ignorance of Aussie First Aid How Many More Tweet St John Ambulance Australia reported that out of ten organisations in Australia nine are illiterate of First Aid use Surprisingly this raises a wakeup call among business enterprises as it puts millions of Australian workers at risk Most notable is Tasmania where workplaces do not have appropriate first aid resources Tasmanian spokesman for the Australian Retailers Association Robert Parker gave the reason that the sector s high staff turnover made first aid training difficult Tags Aussie First Aid Australian Workplace First Aid First Aid Readiness St John Ambulance Australia Continue reading Posted by Robert O neill Robert O neill Certified OHS Professional GradDip OHSM GradCert

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/tags/tag/st-john-ambulance-australia (2014-01-05)
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  • 4 Crucial steps to managing visitor safety in your workplace - Work Safety Hub
    for the duration of their visit to your workplace You need to ensure that visitors are aware of their responsibilities and that visits are properly inducted so as to ensure visitors do not inadvertently cause any harm to themselves or your personnel A visitor is any person visiting your workplace who is not a worker or contractor Step 1 Control their arrival and departure All visitors should only be allowed to enter the site via attended nominated entry points e g main gate reception etc Visitors should be registered and given a visitor s pass which should be returned at the completion of the visit and signing out as required Site access identification tag should be displayed at all times Step 2 Induction should be proportionate to the level of risk All Visitors other then short term visitors e g delivery persons couriers etc should be given a brief induction which should cover at least the following Specific hazards on site e g moving machinery traffic chemicals noise etc Personal protective equipment and clothing e g long sleeves sturdy shoes etc Smoking rules Emergency evacuation instructions If required induction sessions should be conducted e g video or personal instruction Step

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/entry/4-crucial-steps-to-managing-visitor-safety-in-your-workplace?tmpl=component&print=1 (2014-01-05)
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  • How to effectively manage the Labour Hire WHS conundrum - Work Safety Hub
    personnel working for the company or on the company s premises Prior to engaging an LHA an assessment should be undertaken on the tasks required to be carried out by the labour hire personnel This should include The work to be done including details such as Job title Tasks that make up the job Machinery appliances or equipment to be used Substances and materials to be used Physical demands of the tasks bending twisting reaching lifting etc Supervision and reporting structure of the job Procedures to be used Instructions and or training to be provided Working hours include after hours work PPE requirements The work environment Physical location of the job Does the job require entry into confined spaces Extremes in temperature Other hazards related to the working environment outdoor work air quality vibration noise etc Requirements related to the worker Qualifications Licences registrations certificates etc Experience knowledge competency including special skills Physical capacity necessary to perform the tasks Prescribed standards for numeracy literacy and conventional reasoning Unless already available a risk assessment should be carried out for the job Copy of the complete job assessment should be provided to the LHA which should be required to demonstrate it has been utilised in selecting a suitable worker for the job In addition the LHA should be required to conduct a worksite visit to verify the assessment ensure legislative compliance identify any other risks and where applicable request health and safety improvements Any requested improvements should be assessed and if justified implemented prior to the commencement of the labour hire contract The labour hire contract should stipulate that while the company has responsibility for the health and safety of the labour hire personnel the LHA has equal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of its employees workers In addition the contract should require labour hire personnel to comply with all the requirements of the company s WHS management system including procedures work instructions and other requirements comply with instructions given by authorised personnel i e managers and supervisors and carry out their work in a manner that does not present risk to themselves others or to the environment More specifically the LHA should be expected to carry out the following obtain relevant information about the job obtain information from the company to determine the potential hazards their employees workers may be exposed to consult with the company on ways that identified risks can be controlled have a written agreement with the company that outlines expectations and responsibilities provide generic WHS induction and training to ensure work is done efficiently and safely regularly visit the worksite and have effective consultation processes in place with their employees have a documented WHS management system have a workers compensation insurance arrangements and programmes for return to work and rehabilitation for injured workers In addition the LHA should also be required to provide insurance arrangements as appropriate to each job The manager responsible for the labour hire contract must ensure that the worker selected by

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/entry/how-to-effectively-manage-the-labour-hire-whs-conundrum (2014-01-05)
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  • Contractor Management - Work Safety Hub
    the workplace Fact Sheets Learn the tips and tricks to deal with workers compensation reduce your premium and improve productivity Insights Download procedure and risk assessment templates ready for use at work Templates Talk to a certified OHS specialist about your workplace safety obligations Employer Helpline Courses OHS Courses to keep your skills up to date and meet your legal obligations Short Courses Short sharp and easy way to get analysis insights and expert opinion on key developments Briefings Blog About Us Contact Us Recent Searches Anything in here will be replaced on browsers that support the canvas element OHS Business Subscription Trips Chemical Reps Health Violence Bullying OHS consulting Slips exposure Procedures Hazardous Substance Manual Handling Falls Fixed Fee Support View Audits Inspections Short Courses Videos Automation Employer Subscription Subscribe to blog Work Safety Hub The Work Safety Hub blog Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged Contractor Management How to effectively manage the Labour Hire WHS conundrum Tweet In this article we look at the Labour Hire conundrum and identify the WHS requirements associated with the management and control of personnel hired through a labour hire agency Tags Contractor Management Labour Hire Management Systems Continue reading Posted by Robert O neill Robert O neill Certified OHS Professional GradDip OHSM GradCert OHS Dip Bus QA CPMSIA RSP Aust Robert is the foun User is currently offline on Tuesday 27 November 2012 Contractors Suppliers Visitors Customers How to manage contractor safety the smart way Tweet We often hear that managing contractors is extremely difficult and that there is uncertainty surrounding the extent of the clients obligations We also hear that some organisations feel contractors are not their responsibility and they are also unaware that this is not true In this article we explain some strategies for managing contractors in a way

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/tags/tag/contractor-management (2014-01-05)
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  • Labour Hire - Work Safety Hub
    books Tools Fast facts businesses need to know about hazards in the workplace Fact Sheets Learn the tips and tricks to deal with workers compensation reduce your premium and improve productivity Insights Download procedure and risk assessment templates ready for use at work Templates Talk to a certified OHS specialist about your workplace safety obligations Employer Helpline Courses OHS Courses to keep your skills up to date and meet your legal obligations Short Courses Short sharp and easy way to get analysis insights and expert opinion on key developments Briefings Blog About Us Contact Us Recent Searches Anything in here will be replaced on browsers that support the canvas element OHS Business Subscription Trips Chemical Reps Health Violence Bullying OHS consulting Slips exposure Procedures Hazardous Substance Manual Handling Falls Fixed Fee Support View Audits Inspections Short Courses Videos Automation Employer Subscription Subscribe to blog Work Safety Hub The Work Safety Hub blog Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged Labour Hire How to effectively manage the Labour Hire WHS conundrum Tweet In this article we look at the Labour Hire conundrum and identify the WHS requirements associated with the management and control of personnel hired through a labour hire agency Tags

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/tags/tag/labour-hire (2014-01-05)
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  • How to manage contractor safety the smart way - Work Safety Hub
    plant or the equipment A contractor by definition is a person providing a service to any part of the organisation but who is not an employee This includes labour hire and sub contractors What are our legal obligations in relation to contractors Managers and supervisors must be made aware of their legal obligations in relation to contractors and particularly that the engagement of contractors does not remove the organisation s Health and Safety related legal responsibilities or primary duties This includes the duty to consult cooperate and coordinate How do we ensure we are not spending too much time managing contractors A system can be established for the selection and where appropriate accreditation of contractors like a pre qualification register The selection process should take into account licences or registration required the contractors own Health and Safety Management System and the contractors history of safety and health performance Your contractors should be required to provide sufficient documentation to demonstrate the existence and effectiveness of their Health and Safety Management System This could include things like Accident and incident statistics A demonstrated system to identify and manage risk A documented system for specific tasks and working environments e g procedures and work instructions Records of Health and Safety training Records of Health and Safety audits and inspections particularly for larger contractors Records of prosecutions and improvement and prohibition notices if any What about contractor s equipment and materials Managers should inspect the equipment used by contractor s prior to use It s important that managers and supervisors responsible for the contractor s activities satisfy themselves that the contractors have the right equipment and its in good condition Managers and supervisors are not expected to have specific expertise in the nature of contractors activities but they are expected to demonstrate due diligence and question the relevant parties until they are comfortable that they have done everything within their power and competency to ensure the activities are carried out safely Material Safety Data Sheets for example should be provided for all substances for which they are required and the appropriate measures to ensure health and safety implemented How much monitoring and reporting is necessary The Manager responsible for the contract should also conduct regular monitoring of the contractors activities to ensure compliance with the contract s WH S requirements The frequency and nature of the monitoring is dependant on the nature of activities being undertaken As a guide high risk activities should monitored almost constantly however low risk activities depending on their nature could be monitored at the start of the day and once again after lunch and again at the end of the day Its important to note this is general guidance only it really does depend on the risk profile All accidents and incidents involving contractors personnel must be investigated and reported Corrective and preventative actions should be applied as soon as practicable High risk issues should be addressed immediately Where there is a breach of contractor Health and Safety requirements

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/entry/how-to-manage-contractor-safety-the-smart-way (2014-01-05)
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