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OHS in the Workplace.............Are Qualification Worth the Paper they are Written on???

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How to manage WHS at work

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OH&S may be a vital part of our work lives these, but due to the demand so many online sites and local business have appeared offering trainging and qualifications.

How regulated are this these sites and business. I've certainly heard about paying for a qualification (forklift ticket). They certainly paid for it however i've seen this person in action on a forklift and certainly make sure I keep well away from him!

Are we creating more risks by thses fly by night businesses popping up?????

 

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Safe Design of Commercial Kitchens

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Now I'm not going to prattle on too much about this because I your time would be much better spent reading the PDF!

 

I'm also a little embarressed so say that I didn't know this PDF from WorkSafe Austraila even existed.

 

I may also be contridicting myself here as well as I have been known to say there are too many manuals, rules and regualtions already but I put to you, this is so much more than that..............................

 

Its a bible! A commercial kitchen bible!!!

 

Every single person in Australia who owns or manages a business that is equiped with commercial cooking equipment, should not only read this, but should seriously look to implementing some of the safety features within this PDF into their organisations.

 

Not only have SafeWork Australia put this together, one of the most important safety contingents we have, but the list of references used to create it is of superior quailty and thus the inofrmation within this PDF is exceptional and actually useful!

 

References:

Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act

Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act, 1986

Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations

Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations, 1995

Approved Code of Practice: Occupational Health

and First Aid in the Workplace

South Australian Occupational Health and Safety Commission, 1991

 

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Let Somebody Else do the Dirty Work!

Let Somebody Else do the Dirty Work! | Employment in OHS in Australia | Scoop.it
Australia’s Leading Cooking Oil Management Service Since 1998
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Having been the owner of a takeaway business I certainly understand the danger (and the pain) involved in cleaning deep fryers. In fact I classed the level of risk to my employees when cleaning the deep fryers that only myself and the co-owner ever cleaned or replaced the oil.

The biggest problem with this task is that the oil needs to be cleaned when it's hot (between 100-160 degrees). That's why as soon as I saw this link I actually did share it with my friend Jenny who owns a local takeaway businees.

This service actually removes all risk from the employees which means zero reportable incidents when it comes to oil cleaning. An absolute win win for everybody. It is also a system that provides minimal risk for the employees of FiltaFry. They use a unique system that takes the handling of hot oil out of human hands and is performed by a mechanical filtration.

This is an outstanding idea for any food business that wants to dramaticlly reduce risk for their employees!

 

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Contract Harvesters Keeping It Safe!

Contract Harvesters Keeping It Safe! | Employment in OHS in Australia | Scoop.it
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Contract harvesters Adam & Inga can certainly tell some interesting stories about some farm saftey ideas they have seen over the years!

 

Farmers are constantly battling the weather so if there is a breakdown it will be fixed anyway it can be. Zip ties, fencing wire and masking tape are some of the most used quick fix tools around on the farm.

 

It's fair to say these methods probably don't meet the current OH&S standards but if crop may be lost due to impending rain the job will be done, one way or another.

 

Every year there are hundreds of unreported accidents that occur on farms.

 

Why? Well the common response I've heard is  "i don't have time for all that bulls#%t". 

 

Is this right or wrong? I'm not sure! But I can't see farmers changing their attitudes any time soon.

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Kate - Student & Teacher

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Meet Kate!

 

Kate is a full-time CQU student & full-time safety advisor for a large organisation in the Gladstone area where she trains staff in areas of safety relevant to their job descriptions.

 

How she manages all this bewilders me!

 

While Kate has been studying her degree in OH&S she is simaltaneously doing the very job for which she is studying for.

 

This leaves my wondering the validity in obtaining an actual degree!

 

Kate's employeer insists that she gets this piece of paper but  why is it so important when she is already doing the very job that the degree will permit her to do?

 

I know Kate learns alot from her studies but she also  learns a range of hands on skills while actually working so she's a great study budyy to have :) 

 

So is the degree really necessary for OH&S employees or is being recruited as a safety advisor and working on site more valuable than a degree???

 

Perhaps the apprentiship system has a place in the world of OH&S!!!

 

Would an appprenticship offer a more rounded and knowledgable employee on the completiotin of an apprentiship rather than a degree............

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Clippers, scissors & poisons all in a days work for Lisa's Hair Studio

Clippers, scissors & poisons all in a days work for Lisa's Hair Studio | Employment in OHS in Australia | Scoop.it
Katherine Kennett's insight:

In Tannum Sands you will find an amzaing little salon, Lisa's Hair Studio.

Lisa offers a personalised service in her custom built studio attached to her home.

While chatting with Lisa she explained some of her OH&S responsibilites to protect herself and her clients:

* All electrical devices (clippers, hair straighteners etc) all pust be checked and tagged by a registered electrician

* The smallest cut to Lisa's hands must be immediatley covered up

*All poisions (bleach, colours etc) must keep in a location where small hands can not access them

* A first aid kit must be in the studio and clearly signed at all times

 

These are just some of the OH&S regulations Lisa has to follow to ensure whe provides a safe and quality service to her customers.

 

But who is regulating all these small businesses though???

 

Sure there is a list of procedures that eveybody in small business has to follow but realisticly how often do you ever here of these businesses being checked out by work place officers?? 

 

When disaster strikes is a fair answer I think!

 

We have come so far the OH&S world yet there is still minimal accountability in so many areas as there are so many rules and gegualations these days it is simply impossible to monitor every business.

 

So is having all these rules really effective in preventing injury if businesses know that the chance of actually being checked in on is close to zero...............................................

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Top 10 Destinations In Australia

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It’s a treasure island. Australia is blessed with incredible destinations, unspoilt natural wonders and abundant cultural experiences. MelbourneFoter.com / CC BY-SA So whether you’re planning a short holiday or a year-long road trip, these 10 destinations will inspire you for your next Aus... ( #travel source http://www.365.travel/top-10-destinations-in-australia/)


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Australia sure is a treasure island full of amzaing places! Everywhere I travel my partner and I always discuss the prospect of living and working in some of the beautiful places we come across. Recently we explored Kangaroo Island and anybody who has been there would definately want to work and play and play there. OHS jobs on KI wouldn't include your mine sites or LNG projects like Gladstone but can you image being in charge of authorizing tour companies to conduct tours like quad bike rides around the island??

I can :)  OH&S jobs are everywhere today to my live, work and play destinations are endless.............

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Australia sure is a treasure island full of amzaing places! Everywhere I travel my partner and I always discuss the prospect of living and working in some of the beautiful places we come across. Recently we explored Kangaroo Island and anybody who has been there would definately want to work and play and play there. OHS jobs on KI wouldn't include your mine sites or LNG projects like Gladstone but can you image being in charge of authorizing tour companies to conduct tours like quad bike rides around the island??

I can :)  OH&S jobs are everywhere today to my live, work and play destinations are endless.............

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Our Family Fun is All About Teaching Our Kids Common Sense is Key to a Great Day Out!

Our Family Fun is All About Teaching Our Kids Common Sense is Key to a Great Day Out! | Employment in OHS in Australia | Scoop.it
The biggest 4wd, camping, caravanning, trail community
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"Use some common sense kids!"

 

I'm very pleased my nine year old sons moto when we pull out the recovery gear....."Safety First Everybody"

 

My little man has a processing disorder which greatly hinders his ability to learn how to read, write and spell. What he doesn't have a problem with talking the talk with any 4WD enthusiast. Whether you want to know what tyres to put on your car or what brand of LED lights are best for your vechicle he's your man!

 

OHS training is the same as teaching my little boy new things. It's not all about the written procedures and safety books. Hands on experience, up close and personal training with qualified professionals is the most effective type of training you can offer anybody if you want a lasting impression on people.

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Katherine Kennett's curator insight, July 14, 2014 9:13 PM

"Use some common sense kids!"

 

I'm very pleased my nine year old sons moto when we pull out the recovery gear....."Safety First Everybody"

 

My little man has a processing disorder which greatly hinders his ability to learn how to read, write and spell. What he doesn't have a problem with talking the talk with any 4WD enthusiast. Whether you want to know what tyres to put on your car or what brand of LED lights are best for your vechicle he's your man!

 

OHS training is the same as teaching my little boy new things. It's not all about the written procedures and safety books. Hands on experience, up close and personal training with qualified professionals is the most effective type of training you can offer anybody if you want a lasting impression on people.

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eLearning Cyclops: Our Many Hats

eLearning Cyclops: Our Many Hats | Employment in OHS in Australia | Scoop.it

eLearning Designers wear many hats – some by choice, some placed upon us. Here are the hats I wear because I need these skills as an eLearning one-person shop. Those on the second list are ones placed upon me either because they are skills I can adapt my elearning skills to or because assumptions are made (e.g., you are an IT guy, right?).

 

Learn more:

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/

 


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So, so, true!

 

Just because you sound important doesnt mean you are offering anything to the people you train............

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eLearning Designers wear many hats – some by choice, some placed upon us. Here are the hats I wear because I need these skills as an eLearning one-person shop. Those on the second list are ones placed upon me either because they are skills I can adapt my elearning skills to or because assumptions are made (e.g., you are an IT guy, right?).


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Definitions - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland#.U8NiezZ-_4g#.U8NiezZ-_4g

Definitions - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland#.U8NiezZ-_4g#.U8NiezZ-_4g | Employment in OHS in Australia | Scoop.it
Definitions of terms used within Workplace health and safety Queensland
Katherine Kennett's insight:

I love lists of definitions!

 

Every uni course should have one in the course profile it think!

 

I'm currently creating an extensive one for my OCHS Into Law Course. They are a massive help when reading legal papers, for quick revision or clarification.

 

Like many things OH&S has a lanuguage all its own so a definition list is pretty handy when starting out in this strange world that is OH&S :)

 

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Broward bus driver still on the road after hitting 10 drivers in 12 years, numerous suspensions

Broward bus driver still on the road after hitting 10 drivers in 12 years, numerous suspensions | Employment in OHS in Australia | Scoop.it

In a way, Broward County bus driver Charles Butler has been lucky. Despite hitting 10 cars, losing his driver's license five times, showing up late and sparking a lawsuit, he remains behind the wheel.

 

One of Butler's bus accidents cost taxpayers $73,005. The 2009 accident sent a passenger in the other vehicle to the hospital for knee surgery.

 

Though Broward's policies say drivers with five "preventable'' accidents in a two-year period face termination, Butler's personnel records show he hit that threshold in 2007.

 

To date, Butler's been disciplined 18 times and served a total 18 days of suspension for showing up late since he started work in 2001. He's served a total 17 days of suspension for his role in 21 bus accidents.

 

Twelve of the crashes were determined to be "preventable" by the five-member board that reviews accidents.

 

The Broward bus driver contract says drivers will face increasing discipline for crashes in a two-year period, and can be fired for the fifth accident.

 

Under that policy, Butler could have been fired in 2007, when he slid into the rear bumper of a vehicle on Stirling Road in Dania Beach. He'd hit a car in Hollywood the month before, hit a fixed object at the Lauderhill Mall two months before that, and hit two cars from behind in Hollywood and Davie in 2005.

 

President William Howard of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1267  said he doesn't remember a bus driver ever having been fired in Broward for poor driving history.

 

On July 16, 2010, Butler was warned by transit officials in a memo that if he had one more chargeable accident, he would be terminated.

 

After that date, he was in six more accidents, including hitting two vehicles from the rear. But four weren't blamed on Butler. And by then, his accident clock had reset.

 

He's still waiting to hear whether he'll be disciplined in his most recent accident, when he hit the rear of a vehicle in Pembroke Park on Nov. 21...

 

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Katherine Kennett's insight:

OMG! What is the point of having OH&S when this rubbish still goes on????

In this day and age it should not take a bus driver to actually kill somebody before he gets dismissed! Ten accidents- all his fault! Why is he still driving a bus?

Clearly the bus company follows the ideal of touch and feel driving as being a good thing. My goodness me.........................

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Keeping It Simple In the Kitchen

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Burns are a serious injury that can be caused by heat, electricity, chemicals, light, radiation or friction. The severity of burns is measured with four levels.
Katherine Kennett's insight:

Hierarchy of Control in Risk Management.............................i think its fair to say that your average Australian Joe running a business would not have any idea as to what this system actually is let alone how to use it. Yet, it seems to be a common component of the OHS CQU course, suggesting to me that it is a big deal when it comes to safey!

 

So, my question is why is this not a standard part of OHS in small business, particually in commercial kitchen?

 

When a health/safety inspector does a routine 'surprise' visit they examine a number of factors. Cleanliness, visible hazards, kitchen set-up (such as spash blacks) but they never ask........

 

'How do you keep your kitchen safe?'

 

'What equipemnet or procedures have you eliminated or substituated in your kitchen to keep your staff safe?".

 

Out of curosity I asked my friend Jenny who owns a local takeaway food businness the second question exactly as it is written.

 

Jenny's response:  'Geez, this isn't Bechtel you know! We don't need all that safety s#%t here!'

 

So I asked: 'didn't you change the type of oil used when you first took over as it was nightmare to clean which lead to staff getting burnt?.

 

Jenny: 'yes it was rubbish, so i swapped it with cottonseed oil".

 

So, long story short. Jenny and i had a chat about elimination and substituation as per the hieracrachy of control and i showed her the above diagram.

 

That diagram is now in a prominate place in the kitchen and all the staff know what it is and all were asked to apply it and let Jenny know if they identified any problems and had solutions to fix them. 

 

While nothing extreme on the risk assessment scale was identified, there were a few lower risk items that were mentioned to Jenny from her crew of 12 high school employees.  Jen was very impressed with her staff and has implemented some of these changes.

 

Now to  get to my point. There are so many manuals, rules and regualtions to follow and learn but by putting  this 'upside down triangle' (as it was called) on the wall and a ten minute talk to staff suddently 'safety' became a top issue in that kitchen.

 

What made this work? We simplified  a list of rules and 'things to read' into a picture and asked 'what can you see?.

 

OHS is a vital part of our world but sometimes less is more, and so much more effective.

 

Cheers, Katherine

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Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems

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Katherine Kennett's insight:

When you look around your workplace its clear to see that OHS has entered every type of business that is conducted in Australia. Manuals are available for just about every job imaginable and there are warning signs on almost overy wall of  the workplace reminding workers to be safe, follow procedure and look out for the safety of their co-workers and customers in their areas.

This are all great ways to help prevent safety incidents however it can't be ignored that that the majority of incidents that occur are a result of human error. In the takeaway/restruant business  most safety incident that occur are a result of fire starting in the deep fryers.

Now the deep fryers don't actually start the fires, humans do! Oil is left turned on, temperatures are set to high, food is left cooking in the fryers and then forgotten or oil contamination occurs (water).

So, its makes sense to say that humans can't always be relied upon, especially in the kitchen.

Kitchen fire suppression systems are possibly one of the most valuable pieces of equipment any commercial kitchen could install. In fact, I would go so far as to say that they should be compulsory in these types of businesses as the risk of fire has been proven to be very high. Whilst I think there may be too many rules and regulations in the world today I do believe fire suppression systems like this are more valuable than any manual or sign displayed on the wall.

Maybe it won't stop the fire from starting but it will soon put out the fire that is caused by the human element thus reducing damage and possible injures.

 

 

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Insurance in the Kitchen.............A Necessary Evil

Insurance in the Kitchen.............A Necessary Evil | Employment in OHS in Australia | Scoop.it
Many Cooking and hospitality risks include deep fat fryers within their kitchens. What should you look out for?
Katherine Kennett's insight:

So, I'm pretty sure this link is actually to promote insurance for businesses (a very expensive yet essential part of business) however, the page does offer some genuine information in regards to preventing kitchen fires.

 

The information provided is simple in vocabulary, short and sweet but does it does not omit any vital pieces of information. It provides a clear list of fire causation  and what the key hazards are to look out for when evaluating risk in the kitchen.

 

This would actually be a fabulous piece of information to use for staff training rather than a complicated manual!

 

Now, as for the insurance, don't be a fool!

Open the cheque book and just pay it!

The prices of insurance really are a major burden on small business (the key reason some businesses don't have it) but the cost of not having insurance is astronomical in comparison, should fire break out in your kitchen.

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YES CHEF!

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My mate Mel is the head chep for a popular restraunt in Toowoomba. Turns out being the head chef is just about cooking up amazing meals and getting the apprentices to do the less exciting jobs (peeling potatoes) Mel spends much of her insuring the kitchen which she runs is a safe environment for everybody who passes through the kitchen.

 

"Cleaning up as you go is one of the keys of having a smooth running and safe kitchen" Melissa explained. "Not only are you more organized but the working envirnoment is much safer when benchtops and floors are free of rubbish and clutter".

 

"It doesn't take much for somebody to drop a bowl then that situation turns to disaster as somebody else trips over on the spill and lands with their hand on the hot grill. I've ssen this happen and its not a pretty sight!"

 

"Keep it clean! Keep it following! and Keep it safe!  are the keys to an incident free night in the kitchen. And each and every night you will here me call out these phrases to keepp everybody on track and because i love the response of "YES CHEF" echoing through my kitchen lol"

 

Sounds like head chefs are pretty bossy to me but if it keeps the staff safe then YES CHEF!!!!

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Family fun and tragedy.....

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There is nothing I love more than fishing wtih my son and watching his face when he is pulling in a fish that is putting up a heck of fight!

 

What I don't like when we are out fishing is boats speeding past our quite little spot especially when they have kids in the boat with no life jackets on grrrrrrrrr

 

In QLD it is compulsory to wear a life jacket if you are under the age of 12 in an open boat that is less than 4.8m in length, while it is under way. It seems  alot of people either don't know this rule or don't consider the safety of children to be such a high priorty.

 

A great day out with the family can soon turn to a tragedy when OH&S and common sense are thrown out the window (or over the side in this case).

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Fish, chips & oil burns :(

Fish, chips & oil burns :( | Employment in OHS in Australia | Scoop.it
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Great fish & chips can be hard find if you don't live in Boyne Island where the amazing MJ's is situated on the Boyne River.

The owner of MJs, Jenny Pugh, can tell you its not all fun and games in the kitchen when it comes to dealing with 40ltrs of oil at temperatures around 180 degrees!

 

With all OH&S safety procedures in place the dreaded oil splatter is still a daily concern for anybody frying up some freshly battered fish.

 

A simple oil splatter burn can cause nasty and painfull blisters to the skin and permenate damage to vision if eyes are exposed to the splatter.

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OH&S Please Don't Stop the Mountain Bikes!

OH&S Please Don't Stop the Mountain Bikes! | Employment in OHS in Australia | Scoop.it
Katherine Kennett's insight:

Sometimes OH&S just goes to far :(

 

This is why people cringe when I tell them what I am studying!

 

It's really tough to explain to my 9 year old son that we can't ride an amazing trail because people he cannot see, and who do not ride, say we can't.

 

Personal responsiblity needs to change in the OH&S arena!

 

When I broke my tail bone on an awsome down hill trail in Toowoomba who's fault was it?

 

MY FAULT! MY RESPONSIBILITY!

 

If people can't work out for themselves what risks are apparent in everyday taks maybe they should wrap themselves in bubble wrap and sit and home.......................grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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Sometimes OH&S just goes to far :(

 

This is why people cringe when I tell them what I am studying!

 

It's really tough to explain to my 9 year old son that we can't ride an amazing trail because people he cannot see, and who do not ride, say we can't.

 

Personal responsiblity needs to change in the OH&S arena!

 

When I broke my tail bone on an awsome down hill trail in Toowoomba who's fault was it?

 

MY FAULT! MY RESPONSIBILITY!

 

If people can't work out for themselves what risks are apparent in everyday taks maybe they should wrap themselves in bubble wrap and sit and home.......................grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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OHs taking it too far in other places? is it actually possible that OHS can ruin fun?

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Teaching the kids

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Director not too remote to avoid OHS liability - Employment and HR - Australia

Director not too remote to avoid OHS liability - Employment and HR - Australia | Employment in OHS in Australia | Scoop.it
18 Feb 2012 - Australia - Employment and HR - Director not too remote to avoid OHS liability - Cooper Grace Ward - A recent decision has has confirmed that company directors cannot always avoid liability for an OHS incident.
Katherine Kennett's insight:

This just proves that OHS is a true system, of systems in any organization!

When one system fails, in this case the senior mangagement part with OHS in their organization, than the organisation fails as a whole.

Organisations have many individual systems yet it's important to remember they all work together to form a successful and safe place to work.

 

When one cog breaks, the clock stops working.............Katherine 

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OH&S at Home for the Family

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Storing Medicine Safely to Protect Your Children
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According to a new report from Safe Kids Worldwide, every eight minutes a child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning.
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"every eight minutes a child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisioning"

 

Today there is a great focus about making it home alive from work to be with your family.

 

What about the endless maze of hidden dangers we have in our home that put and our kids in danger everyday?

 

Should OH&S practices start to officailly enter the home?

 

At work any/all medications are under lock and key but at home our medicine cabinets all over our house.

 

We've all seen medications on the sink, beside the bed, on the microwave and hundreds of other places where kids can get their creative little hands on them,

 

Should there be formal laws stopping this practice in home? Nobody likes the idea of a Nanny State but seriously if people can't even use common sense at home to protect their own kids is it time for the powers that be to step it.

 

Personally that would be terrible, but how do we keep our kids safe when you look at the stats of what is going on???????

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Suffolk firm in court after teenage worker’s arm crushed

Suffolk firm in court after teenage worker’s arm crushed | Employment in OHS in Australia | Scoop.it

A Suffolk horse bedding manufacturer and its managing director have been fined after a young employee’s arm was crushed when he was removing compacted dust from a baling machine.

 

Christopher Barker, who was 17 years old at the time of the incident, was working on the machine with the side guard removed to clear dust and wood shavings from a press plate which had blocked, preventing the machine from operating properly. As he was removing the debris the machine was activated, crushing his arm between the plate and the hatch opening.


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Katherine Kennett's insight:

This is scary and all too common stuff. I've seen safeguards in practice, systems, procedures etc. etc. But where are the signs that say "USE SOME COMMON SENSE" or "PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOUR DOING"???????????

I'm all for protecting employees but employees really need to step up and start protecting themselves!

I worked in an abottoir and there were no end of rules to prevent knife injuries but they still happened, alot!

All because people have this ridiculous notion that "it won't happen to them".

Employees seriously need to take a bit more accountability for there own actions and at the very least use the systems and procedures that are there to protect them.

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