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?????
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!
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
Australia’s Leading Cooking Oil Management Service Since 1998
Katherine Kennett's insight:
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!
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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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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Katherine Kennett's insight:
"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.
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?).
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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).
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
Storing Medicine Safely to Protect Your Children WHSV According to a new report from Safe Kids Worldwide, every eight minutes a child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning.
Katherine Kennett's insight:
"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???????
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.
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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