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Motor Mechanic Workplace OH&S Guidance

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Risk Management and Prevention Guidance to Assist Scott McDonald with OH&S issues in his Motor Mechanic Work Environment

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Auto Mechanics & Asbestos - Expsoure, Hazardous Techniques & Safety Measures

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Because of their exposure to asbestos-laden brakes, automobile mechanics are considered high risk for developing mesothelioma.
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One potential risk in a mechanics environment as recognised by the Peterson Firm is the occupational exposure to asbestos and toxic mineral found in certain car parts which include brakes, clutches, hood liners, gasket material, head seats, valve rings and packaging. The most common way this chemical poses potential risk for a mechanics health is through the inhalation of dust fibres containing the toxic particles. Daily in Scott's work he is exposed to these toxic substances and fumes coming from running car motors in his work shed or through contact by handling car parts containing the toxins. These can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin if gloves are not worn and considering there has been registered cases of cancer noted in mechanics from long term exposure as a result, prevention of this risk for Scott is highly important. This article provides an extensive analysis of how exposure occurs for mechanics in their every day work, what harm this can have and then provides preventative guidelines that are extremely important for Scott to avoid suffering any long term illness as a consequence of exposure in his work environment. These include minimising the number of jobs that result in exposure per week. Perhaps by alternating the types of jobs done to eliminate constant work with hazardous chemicals or if this is not possible then the alternative they suggest is the negative pressure enclosed vaccum system or a low pressure wet cleaning method. Considering this raises such high OH&S issues for concern, I find the guidance in this article very helpful for Scott in minimising the risk of potential long term health implications caused by working in his environment. This is particularly relevant as some companies such as ford, reno and fisher have been some of those identified as selling contaminated parts. 

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Mechanics Workshop Safety - Safety and Risk Management

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Mechanics Workshop Safety Whether you tinker in classic car restoration or own a full auto shop, safety in the workshop is always of the utmost importance. Keeping yourself, your friends, your assistants, your customers and any number of other people safe amongst the many dangers of motor vehicle repair is the most important principle in …

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Published by Dave Collins acting for the Health and Safety Risk Management Team aimed at specifically creating Safety in a Mechanics workplace. It outlines the important Safety needs relevant in Scott's workplace. Identifying the need to wear proper clothing, protective gear and use of proper lifts/hoists. He explains why these things are essential such as the need for proper clothing to be worn as too loose or too tight clothing becomes an immediate risk in the workplace. They can restrict movement or be so loose that they can get caught in the cars mechanics.....Ouch.. Jewellery is also a potential risk for serious harm as it can also become caught in the mechanics. Just something for Scott o be mindful of when he is going to work. Protective wear prevents OH&S issues as well. As outlined by Dave Collins, splashes from hazardous oils into the eyes are a big potential risk for a mechanic. Inhalation of fumes from exposure to chemicals/fuels are also relevant in Scott's workplace. Suggestions to prevent these risks include wearing eye goggles and masks during work. Working on cars involves mechanical lifts/hoists and these can clearly be hazardous. Guidance in regards to the Safe use of lifting equipment suggest Scott should be mindful that any lifting equipment he is using at his workplace is adequate and meets safety criteria. Something to think of in regard to this is whether the equipment is suited for heavy lifting and to use jacks for extra support. Very relevant and great OH&S tips for Scott in his work environment to assist in minimising the risks associated with his work and to prevent hazards occurring.

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Family and Friends OH&S Workplace and Recreational Issues Discussion

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Greg Ord (friend at front) has been actively involved in Go Kart racing for many years. He  currently competes at the Haddon Go- kart club. Driving a go kart as he explains is a very skilled task as there is very little protection available should something go wrong and hence why there are some OH&S issues identifiable to this sport. OH&S enforce that all members competing must wear the appropriately approved  safety gear which includes overalls, helmets, boots and gloves. This is to offer the best protection possible so if in case of an accident then the risk to serious injury is minimised. Go-Karts must also pass OH&S safety checks and this ensures all equipment is running safely such as brakes, steering and tyres. A person will not be able to race if they fail any of these important checks. First Aiders must be present at any race events to begin treatment in a emergency until an ambulance arrives. OH&S also considers the safety of those watching at the Go Kart track and therefore barriers are in place to keep the bystanders at a safe distance from the track. Can just imagine the harm which could result if a bystander was collected by a out of control Go Kart!! There must be an adequate number of race mentors at each event spread in all areas to keep an eye out for any potential hazards and they have strict orders how to act if such should occur. For example they pull out the red flag which will signify to other drivers they must slow immediately. It is the responsibility of the Racer to be vigilant and to use safe tools and equipment correctly to avoid injury to themselves or others. Although  Risks can never be eliminated by identifying the potential OH&S issues appropriate guidelines have been established to protect every persons health and safety to enable them to enjoy the sport.

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Family and Friends OH&S Workplace and Recreational Issues Discussion

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Lisa Ord (friend) enjoys horse riding as a sporting activity. She enjoys competing at Shows and Dressage clinics held at the Ballarat Pony Club Grounds in Victoria. We discussed possible OH&S issues that relate to her hobby and were able to identify a few of these concerns. Issues relating to her horse riding include the wearing of Australian Approved helmets, boots and safety vets under OH&S regulations that must be worn when participating in any  equestrian events held at the Ballarat Pony Club. Falls can occur often and failure to wear protective equipment can result in serious injury. Although wearing safety equipment does not eliminate injury or harm from occurring,  according to OH&S regulations it is great substitute which can minimise the risk of serious harm to health. Horse riding equipment including bridles and saddles must also pass mandatory checks before competitors are allowed to compete as it is a issue raised by OH&S that unsafe gear can lead to unnecessary ' hazards'. Riders must be safe when riding at events and be mindful of other competitors and bystanders to avoid accidents such as people being knocked over by horses. Failure to do so is a breach of the Pony Clubs OH&S regulations and will result in disqualification or ban from the grounds. First Aiders must be trained and present at events in case of emergency, to provide assistance until an Ambulance arrives.

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automotive_workshop_safety.pdf

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Work Safe Victoria has created its own webpage specifically for Automotive workshops as a guide to how to apply safety measures in the workshop and how to fix or manage the risks. This site is designed strictly for mechanics such as Scott that can be read to help them understand and identify what levels of risk are relevant to their work place and furthermore as a guide for them on how to minimise these such risks and prevent hazards. It considers that in reality not all risks can be eliminated, however where practicable it establishes how high risks can be substituted for lower risks. To do so it has firstly researched and identified what proportion of types of body stressing occurs in the work shop. For example. they have found that awkward positioning or repetitive strain is the leading injury experienced by mechanics, lesser so the pushing and pulling of vehicle type injury. By identifying the most important ocurrence of injuries they then go on to look at preventative guidelines and risk management. From identifying each potential issue/activity that a mechanic does in the work shop they have categorised how such activities can be measured from high to medium to low risks. By implementing a few strategies it is possible to change a mechanics high risk activity to a lower risk activity and this is what Scott and other such workers would ideally like to achieve in their work environments. Lower risk creates a more ideal and safer environment for mechanics to work in. Scott can access this web page to help analyse and think about the levels of risk in his current work place and then he can also use it to develop preventative measures that will lower the OH&S issues. A very comprehensive and easily accessible website which is an effective risk management tool.

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Mechanics Corner: Preventing shop accidents

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Progressive Dairyman magazine offers milk production news and advice, dairy articles, dairy news, dairy employees, dairy Spanish, dairy cattle nutrition.
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An online magazine publication addressing the prevention of accidents relevant in a mechanics workplace. It provides helpful tips for Scott in how to prevent injuries in his work place. There are thirteen prevention guidelines outlined in this publication suggested. A summary of the key concepts to minimise risks in Scott's environment include being mindful of practising in a safe manner at all times. This includes safe use of any equipment/tools, safe manual handling and lifting and the use of protective gear at all times. Other smaller tips are just making sure cars are safely secure or stabilised before commencing work on them. Importantly it also states never to 'rush a job' as accidents have been recognised as being the  result of workers trying to get jobs done to quick and forgetting the simplest of safe measures. Something handy for Scott to be aware of as it is better to take longer and to get a job done safely in the safest possible manner than to try and rush a job and create the potential risk of a hazard occurring. Another very good prevention suggestion is to have all workers participate in education and training to make sure everyone is confident in the safe use of equipment. This will assist in creating added OH&S Safety for everyone at Scott's workplace and therefore minimises the OH&S issues involved in his environment.

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Work to Live Safety Sheet

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This Safety Worksheet created by Work to live, identify the three most common risks/hazards that occur in a Motor Mechanics Workplace. These include manual handling, falls and being hit by objects. This is a very helpful worksheet as not only does it identify the most common hazards that Scott needs to be aware of but it provides some really helpful OH&S safety tips on how to best fix and prevent these common risks in his workplace. Some really easy ideas are provided for Scott which include use of mechanical aids, safe tools, warm up exercises before work, keeping the workplace tidy and just being mindful of correct use of correct tools and importantly to use adequate safety gear while at work. A spot on guide to assist Scott in his Mechanic Workplace with managing and preventing risks and hazards.

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Peter Walker (friend of Family) manages and works in his own Hardware store located in Ararat Victoria. His work involves selling tools, hardware supplies and cutting wood to size to suit customers needs. The OH&S issues which are relevant to his workplace include the Safe operation of equipment such as when using the saws to cut the timber. Using sharp cutting equipment is a potential Risk and could cause serious injury if the equipment is faulty or not used safely within his workplace. Manual handling of timber to load or move is also an OH&S issue as timber can be quiet heavy and awkward and if an improper technique is not applied then it runs a risk of causing an injury. The storage of timber and materials is another issue in regards to OH&S as improper storage can pose a potential risk or harm to customers such as if they trip and fall over timber left laying on the ground.  Stretching to reach timber too high without access to ladders could cause a terrible strain or result in the timber toppling down and hitting them. It is the responsibility of Peter to assure that not only the workers but the customers entering the timber shop are protected from accidents. Protective wear is important in a workplace such as this as many injuries can be incurred from the handling or cutting of wood so aprons, safety gloves and goggles should be used. First  Aid kits must be available and accessible in the Hardware store and it is recommended that the products they sell have some form of Australian standard of approval which determines that they are the safest available. The staff who work in the store need to be trained in selling any timber and hardware to assure they can educate the customers as this also reduces risks that can be caused out of the workplace. Disposal of sharp pieces of Timber must be done so into a big skip for safety reasons. Timber and cutting tools have many risks involved so by having well trained staff, safe and clear working areas and taking all necessary safety precautions will satisfy the OH&S guidelines.

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Sandi Ward (friend) is an  in an enrolled Nurse employed at the Ballarat Day Procedure Centre in Ballarat, Victoria for over four years. Her job entails pre-admissions, admissions and discharge care of patients on a daily basis. OH&S issues of a nursing environment such as day procedure are many. A few of the main issues  which we identified include contamination and therefore wearing of Personal Protective Equipment including gowns, gloves, masks, and glasses is essential in her work place. Safe disposal of sharps and blood stained products or clothing must be done  and is essential. All work stations have safe waste  disposal containers as per OH&S guidelines to prevent risks of contamination occurring. Sandi's workplace enforces Safe Manual Handling techniques and this is to avoid muscular and back injuries and slide sheets are used to help transfer patients which prevents staff and/or patient injuries when being moved from bed to surgery trolley. Patient assessments must be very thorough and forms have been created to identify if patients have any  pre-existing medical concerns or used to identify if any OH&S issues may be relevant to the patients. Once Identified  these can be eliminated or substituted in advance to avoid hazards. One example Sandi used is Falls Risk patients, assistance by two staff members, wheel chair transfer and bed rails protect the patient from harm. Hand Hygiene is one of the biggest OH&S concerns in her workplace and the 5 steps of Hand Hygiene guidelines has been enforced by the OH&S to keep the staff and patients safe. Staff must ensure not only the patients are safe but are responsible for making sure all visitors also wear protective wear and are not at risk of harm. They must also keep a close eye out on any spills which may occur and attend to them immediately in such a situation and notify all in the area to be careful with signage Disposal of contaminated linen and sharps must also be done according to OH&S standards. Workplace Health and Safety checks are also ran in Sandi's workplace on a yearly basis which provides staff with free health checks to encourage and promote the wellbeing of the facilities staff.

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Scott McDonald (brother) is a Motor Car Enthusiast who has been employed as a mechanic in the automotive industry on and off for the past 20 years. Health and safety issues raised during our conversation in regards to OH&S in his workplace included the 'safe handling and use of equipment'. Up to date safety approved equipment is very important in his workplace to minimise the chance of harm to workers. These include safe hoists and tools of various types that can be hand held or electrical. All must comply with regular  Safety checks. The workplace needs to be kept clear and tidy and extra precautions to avoid spills especially when dealing with oils and fuels. Protective Safety equipment must be worn within his workplace  in accordance with OH&S regulations. Some of the Safety gear include overalls, goggles, gloves,  ear plugs and helmets to protect the body from harm. Burns and splashes from chemicals are a potential risk. First Aid equipment must be in an accessible spot in case of emergency. Adequate breaks to stretch are also important as constant straining and bending over motor engines for prolonged periods indicate OH&S concerns that may result in muscular strains, sprains and back injuries. Another OH&S issue in his workplace is ensuring that there is adequate ventilation through the building as to avoid fume toxins inhaled from running engines. Poisons and Chemicals in a mechanics Environment must be Safely and appropriately disposed of according to specific OH&S guidelines. All staff members must be vigilant and comply with all OH&S Safety Rules of the workplace to protect themselves and for any others associated with the workplace.

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