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A Risk Management Approach to OHS

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This guide provided by the department of health outlines the 'common sense' approach to OHS risk management.  It provides an overall process to put in place risk management systems.

 

For example as heavy lifting related injuries are a higher risk than cuts and abrasions in this workplace, more measures should be put in place to control heavy lifting related injuries than are put in place to control cuts and abrasions.  It further notes that a good place to begin is with what you already have; ie when putting new measures in place, first review what measures are already existing.

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OHS Risk Management Advice: Preventing workplace slips and trips

OHS Risk Management Advice: Preventing workplace slips and trips | Safety in the Skies OH&S | Scoop.it
OHS laws and risk management standards require employers to reduce the prevalence of workplace falls. Learn how to prevent this type of workplace injury.
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This is an excellent guide provided by the NSW Business Chamber on preventing slips and trips in the workplace.

 

It is clear form this that they key to prevention is a process of consultation, inspection and records checking.  An initial start in such a process for the printing office would be to first interview the staff to gain their insight on what they see first hand as the man slip and trip hazard.  From this a member of the OHS team would then inspect the area in which they work for clarification and to asses what can be done to rectify any issues raised.  To formally investigate weather or not this hazards have cause any injuries in the past, the record of injury claims, reports etc will then be examined.

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University of New South Wales - Occupational Health and Safety - HS Management System

University of New South Wales - Occupational Health and Safety - HS Management System | Safety in the Skies OH&S | Scoop.it

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This demonstrates the complete process cycle of the University of New South Wales' Health and Safety Management System.  This would assist the relevant staff in the long term management of OHS issues in the environment across the university.  It is a key factor in keeping all students, staff and visitors safe while on the campus.

 

This process could be seen as universal and transferrable to the printing office scooped from quest two.  The printing office workplace should be constantly monitored under a safety management system to ensure to safety of staff and clientele. 

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Building Management

Building Management | Safety in the Skies OH&S | Scoop.it
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A building managers role is not just at their desk.  They spend their day visiting various parts of the building to monitor the overall functionality of the complex.  In this case, this Building Manager must enter plant rooms, lift motor rooms, the car park, pool and gym areas and on occasion even the roof of the (80 storey) building.

 

He must stay vigilant particularly around areas where heavy machinery is operating and potentially harmful chemicals are being used.

 

As well as ensuring his own and his staff's safety, the Building Manager must also ensure all OH&S issues are constantly monitored for all people who use the building.  This includes having the chlorine levels of the pools tested, ensuring the pool areas are effectively secure and child proof, having the smoke alarms and detectors regularly checked,  having all trip or slip hazards removed ASAP and ensuring areas which need to be secured are properly locked.

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Printing Office

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People often think of RSI from being at a computer all day in relation to office workers.  However in this packing office for print jobs the use of a computer is minimal.  The staff here are lifting heavy boxes throughout the day, on to shelves above the appropriate height.  There are trip hazards throughout the room including string, boxes and other miscellaneous objects.  One staff member even has a bad habit of climbing shelves to reach items when needed rather than using a ladder, this could result in a serious injury should she fall or the shelves topple

 

Staff have been known to incur injuries, particularly to their back and shoulders.  The injuries and severity of the injuries can be lessened by staff partaking in proper lifting techniques and through the use of mechanical lifting aids.

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Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 downed near Ukraine border - Air Traffic Management

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 downed near Ukraine border - Air Traffic Management | Safety in the Skies OH&S | Scoop.it
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 downed near Ukraine border
Air Traffic Management
All 280 passengers and 15 crew members on board a Boeing 777 aircraft have died in a Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine, authorities confirm.
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Everyone seems to have their own view on the latest Malaysia Airlines tragedy.  While the airline was not in restricted airspace (clearing the zone by about 1,000ft), the passenger aircraft realistically was still flying over a war-zone.

 

QANTAS had previously changed their flight path to by-pass Ukraine as the company have not deemed the area safe to fly over for some time.  It has taken the deaths of nearly 300 people for other carriers to follow suit to avoid the area.

 

The aviation industry is fast and continuously growing and is not showing any signs of slowing down.  It is imperative that the upmost safety measures are put in place and this needs to include consideration for areas at war and acts of terrorism.

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The NTSB Calls for Collision Avoidance Systems to be Standard on New Cars

Safety advocates and the federal government would like to see collision avoidance systems become standard safety equipment in future vehicles.
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The NTSB calling for CAS (collision avoidance systems) to be installed on new cars is a fantastic idea.  The technology pioneered on aircraft to detect, warn and then guide an aircraft to safety of others on a collision course can be transferrable to cars.  Too may lives are lost on our roads and this could make a major impact for the better.

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NASA aircraft will monitor area for 1 month - 9NEWS.com

NASA aircraft will monitor area for 1 month - 9NEWS.com | Safety in the Skies OH&S | Scoop.it
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NASA aircraft will monitor area for 1 month
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NASA aircraft will monitor area for 1 month. 9NEWS at 9 p.m. 07/10/14.
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NASA are monitoring the air for pollutants.  The demise of clean air in built up areas is a major health hazard for all people who are in the area.  Breathing in harmful toxins have many side effects including blood clots in the lung (as noted in the article), chronic bronchitis, skin irritation and cancer.

 

The fact that the air in developed countries is this polluted is alarming.

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Amazon petitions Federal Aviation Administration for permission to fly drones ... - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Amazon petitions Federal Aviation Administration for permission to fly drones ... - Minneapolis Star Tribune | Safety in the Skies OH&S | Scoop.it
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Amazon petitions Federal Aviation Administration for permission to fly drones ...
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Amazon is asking for an exemption so it can test its drones in the U.S.
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Could this be the start of something big?  Drones are being tested to deliver packages and no crew are needed.  Should something major go wrong during flight, who will be around to rectify the problem?  If this technology were to be used in Australia, our governing body CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) will need to step in and set firm safety guidelines for use such as:

 

- Altitude restrictions

- Speed restrictions

- Areas of service

- Hours of service

- Maintenance schedules for safe operation, etc.

 

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Air Traffic Control Plan Set To Take Flight

Air Traffic Control Plan Set To Take Flight | Safety in the Skies OH&S | Scoop.it
Rivka Fogel | July 26, 2012 | 0 Comments
Air traffic will be streamlined with the new plans for control tower modernization.
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The FAA's recent plan to consolidate almost 30 Air Traffic Control Towers into as few as four.  The technologies installed to the new towers will improve conditions for the workers therefore hopefully lessening the stress levels for this demanding job.  As well as the improved workplace conditions for staff in the tower, pilots will notice the difference  through improved communication, also decreasing stress levels for crew aboard aircrafts.

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Footage of aircraft crash in Iceland

Devastating moment light aircraft crash lands into tarmac and turns into giant fireball killing two... but not the pilot The crash happened in Iceland last y...
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Awful - an air ambulance crash in Iceland, there was only one lucky survivor.  Some things to think about when approaching the site are fire, heat, chemicals, shrapnel, poor visibility due to smoke.

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corrective-action.pdf

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This corrective action procedure is a key example of a completed action plan.  Process use for corrective action are set out here to ensure the safety of those at work.  It would be an ideal reference for the printing office to begin putting risk management procedures in place if they are not already.  It is important to clearly outline all people responsible for workplace safety, including the employees themselves.

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Hazard surveillance - Safe Work Australia

Hazard surveillance - Safe Work Australia | Safety in the Skies OH&S | Scoop.it
This site contains materials supporting the WHS laws including; the model WHS Act, model WHS Regulations and model Codes of Practice. Analysis of data and research relating to work health and safety and workers’ compensation is available from this site.
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Work Safe Australia through hazard surveillance has been able to recognise the main occupational disease causing hazards.  It is important to recognise these hazards, so that corrective measures can be put in place to eradicate them.  In the case of the printing office, aside from the obvious heavy lifting hazards, chemical hazards would be a problem.  It is important to be aware of what chemicals are in use, such as toners and cleaning chemicals, and how they should be correctly handled, used and disposed of safely.

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Hiking

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When we are out and about we must be sure to stay safe.  The issues we can come across in the outdoors hiking are over exposure to the sun and dehydration.  Also as pictured there is an obvious risk of falling on the unsealed surface and gaining an injury such as a sprain or a broken bone.

 

When out in remote areas extra precaution must always be taken, given the fact that if in an unfortunate circumstance emergency assistance is required, it can take some time for assistance to reach us. 

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Furniture shop

Furniture shop | Safety in the Skies OH&S | Scoop.it
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Even the large chain furniture stores with SMS's in place have their OH&S issues.  This picture is of a staff member lifting a chair off a shelf possibly too high for this item.  Sometimes people have hit their heads when lifting items off these shelves.  Other OH&S hazards in the store include unfixed furniture on podiums that could potentially fall on a staff member or customers; which could lead to legal issues as the company should be providing a safe environment.  The assembly of furniture has also led to minor injuries through the improper use of tools and power tools.

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Classroom

Classroom | Safety in the Skies OH&S | Scoop.it
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As well as the obvious physical demands, working in the classroom can cause a person stress and anxiety.  Whilst these human factors are not generally physically obvious, they can affect a staff members performance and overall mental health.

 

While Joanne is looking very happy and comfortable, it is important to be able to recognise the symptoms of stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.  This is so the appropriate corrective action can be taken, if needed, to improve the staff members performance at the workplace and their personal well being.

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Probe As Plane Crash Kills 11 Skydivers

Probe As Plane Crash Kills 11 Skydivers | Safety in the Skies OH&S | Scoop.it
Experts are investigating what made a twin-engined Piper Navajo come down soon after take off and burst into flames.

Via GBJ Ltd.
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Where to begin to piece together to figure out what happened.  Hopefully the flight data recorders will hold a clue as to what went terribly wrong.  Could it be an overworked and tired pilot; or poor maintenance perhaps?

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Ask Air Traffic Control: Dealing with summer storms - USA TODAY

Ask Air Traffic Control: Dealing with summer storms - USA TODAY | Safety in the Skies OH&S | Scoop.it
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Ask Air Traffic Control: Dealing with summer storms
USA TODAY
If I am flying my personal plane, I normally plan to depart in the early morning.
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Great interview with an air traffic controller on how they and pilots navigate dangerous conditions such as storms.

 

While some bad whether cause mere turbulence, this must always be taken seriously with risks of burns to passengers potentially holding boiling hot drinks, injuries to passengers walking around the aircraft and injuries from falling objects.  More severe storms can cause damage to an aircraft, endangering the lives of all on board.

 

This task must be very difficult as control towers can be less equipped than aircraft.  With whether patterns that can move quickly,  pilots can often be placed in stressful situations at which they are forced to make crucial decisions in very short amounts of time.

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FAA Proposes $295750 Civil Penalty Against Skywest Airlines - Occupational Health and Safety

FAA Proposes $295750 Civil Penalty Against Skywest Airlines - Occupational Health and Safety | Safety in the Skies OH&S | Scoop.it
FAA Proposes $295750 Civil Penalty Against Skywest Airlines
Occupational Health and Safety
The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $295,750 civil penalty against SkyWest Airlines, Inc. of St.
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Skywest Airlines failing to adhere to the strict OH&S regulations put in place by the FAA (Federal Aviation Authority).  If a crew member was found to have an unauthorised drug in their system, every person on flight is at risk.  Even the most common pharmaceuticals are such as an antihistamine or cold and flu medication can affect a pilots performance when flying, endangering the lives of all people on board an aircraft.

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125 Years of Dräger - Fighting Aircraft Fires

Aircraft are considered to be the safest means of transportation in the world. Despite this, accidental fires may still occur on an aircraft, such as in the turbines, under the aircraft due...
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The dangers that the brave service crew face when an aircraft goes down.  They risk their own lives confronting fires, combined potentially fueled by aircraft fuel and other chemicals in an effort to save others.

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LAX to spend $200 million to meet federal runway safety standards - Los Angeles Times

LAX to spend $200 million to meet federal runway safety standards - Los Angeles Times | Safety in the Skies OH&S | Scoop.it
LAX to spend $200 million to meet federal runway safety standards Los Angeles Times In a project designed to bring Los Angeles International Airport into compliance with federal safety standards, officials will spend about $200 million to expand...
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The cost of keeping everyone safe, the extension of the 'buffer zone' at the end of runways at LAX will cost about $200 million. It will create a greater space in the event of runway overshoot and potentially save lives.
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