Like in many workplaces the risk of slipping, tripping or falling is also present in a radiology department. these incidents can occurs when a radiographer uses the portable X-ray machine, or when doing household duties by cleaning. they can also trip over X-ray machine power cords.
preventative measures such as securing power cords, taking care when pushing the portable X-ray machine or avoiding wet floors when household duties are performed can be done to avoid these accident from occurring
There is no doubt that as a population our median body mass index is increasing. this is not good news for the health care workers. Manual handling in the radiology/ nursing and any other health service is becoming more prevalent nowadays. strains and sprains from lifting heavier patients is a major concern for the health care industry.
however, some solutions have been implemented.
solutions such as team lifting, or installing and using equipment that have been designed for the purpose of moving people. equipment such as pat slides and gantries are being used in hospitals more frequently all around the world.
I chose to revisit the BR Radiology team; as they are doing an important job in medical diagnosis of patients.
The biggest concern with X-rays of any kind, is radiation exposure. radiation exposure can definitely cause serious illness to the radiographers if to much exposure is received.
This risk cannot be avoided, but it can be controlled.
controlling it involves making sure that the right procedures are being performed, minimum exposure is use (in the best interest of the patient and the radiographer) and the appropriate PPE is work. PPE include wearing a lead jacket if the radiographer cannot be behind the protective shield.
My good friend Rebecca Green loves all kinds of sport, but a Saturday round of golf will not be passed up. Apart from the damage done to my ego every time she beats me at game of golf there are plenty of hazards involved in playing golf.
Getting hit by a golf ball or club is the most likely hazard to happen in a game of golf between Bec and I. Getting hit by a ball or club can cause serious injury depending on where it hits you. A black eye or brain damage may occur.
Crashing the golf cart is another likely possibility of a major hazard. This crash can lead to broken bone or a fatality.
Walking down a muddy hill, looking for the ball could cause the golfer to slip and easily break a bone or even several bones.
The last hazard, which is not as likely as the previous hazards, is hitting the ball in a lake and being eaten by a crocodile in the process of retrieving the ball. Fatality is certain in this case.
There are very few things my parents (Anso & Danie) love more than riding their Yamaha Super Tenere motorbike on a Sunday. They are out riding at least three Sunday’s a month; the only reason they do not ride every weekend is because my mom is on call for the hospital.
The most serious hazard (BECAUSE I LOVE MY PARENTS) is a motorbike accident. A motorbike accident can seriously injure or cause a fatality to motorcyclists. Motorbike accidents can occur because of various reasons; reasons such as being ran over by another vehicle, an animal running in front of the motorbike or losing control of the vehicle.
“Most often other motorists simply do not see you on the road or they care less about motorcycle riders”, were words my dad spoke that run through my mind every Sunday they go for their ride.
Another hazard is the road conditions. Road conditions are important for all motorists, but it is more important for motorcyclists because they only have two wheels, not four or more.
The weather is also a hazard that can cause an accident. The weather and road conditions go hand in hand as the road conditions tend to get worse when it is pouring down rain.
OHS is important for everyone. We all want to go home at the end of the day healthy and unharmed. OHS is safety in the workplace, which there are laws to reinforce the well being of employees and employers. These rules and regulations are in place to prevent hazards from occurring. If an accident does occur certain follow up exercise, may it be training or re-evaluation of certain procedures are done to keep similar accidents from occurring.
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Inge Bothma's insight:
This case is becoming more baffling by the day. Unclear circumstances are making it very difficult to locate the wreckage of the Malaysian Airlines aircraft.
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Inge Bothma's insight:
Excellent idea, My only concern is, will governments really invest in something like this before a disaster occurs or will they all panic and want thousands of them after a disaster? All in all good luck to the two guys! Hope to see the finished product
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Inge Bothma's insight:
One bad police/ law enforcement officer can make the whole system look bad. Appropriate justice was served and compensation was given to the individual who was treat unfairly.
""Texting and cell phone talking has been at the forefront of debate concerning distracted driving for years. But what about the people who aren’t fixated on their phone while driving distracted? What about those who choose to dine on the roadways?""
Many people have experienced reactions as a result of receiving IV dye for a radiologic study. Most of these reactions are mild, but some can be severe, even life-threatening. Learn more about why these reactions occur, common myths related to these reactions, and how these reactions can be prevented in the future.
Inge Bothma's insight:
Another risk is allergic reactions to X-ray dye for the patient.
This allergic reaction is not uncommon but usually if it does occur it is treated quickly. The team at BR have a checklist consent in place before every procedure that all patients must fill out and give their consent. A doctor is always present for the procedure in case of reactions. the questionnaire enquires about allergies the patient has and a blood test is always performed before hand as well
Another major issue that concerns health care workers (including the BR team) are needle stick injuries.
needle stick injuries can occur suddenly and without warning. the risk of being accidentally stabbed by a needle is always present for the BR team as they use needles daily to perform CT Scans that contain a identifying dye called contrast.
it is a scary situation to be found in when a needle stick injury has occurred. i know this because my mom has had this happen to her twice. the amount of tests done are phenomenal and treatment before diagnoses drugs were administered to her for that just in case instance. thank God she was never harmed from it.
back to risk management and prevention:
like i said the risk is always present, it cannot be avoided. however it can't be managed and prevented to the best ability of the BR team and safety standards in place.
appropriate disposal units for sharps must always be present , gloves must always be worn. proper training is always administered to all the staff.
Ian Torrent is a Receiving Associate at Masters Home Improvement in the freight department. Ian’s daily jobs include unloading freight off trucks using forklifts and other mechanical aids and a large list of jobs that involves repetitive manual handling tasks.
The risks involved in the use of forklifts and mechanical aid in the unloading of freight are the possibility of stock falling off the machine to roll over. The consequences for not controlling these risks can lead to serious injury and death by the way of crush injuries.
With Ian’s manual handling task the risks involved are the chances for back, wrist, and muscle strains. The following can cause these injuries; repetitive movement and trying to lift weights that are too heavy for one person to lift.
Ian works behind the scenes at Masters, which he is one of the people that keep the store going
The above picture shows Lauren James and Anso Bothma, radiographers at BR Radiology, working away on their CT machine.
The OHS safety issues that you find in this work environment are largely caused by the radiation emitted by the CT machine. Extended and repeated exposure to radiation can cause long-term health issues ranging from infertility problems to cancer.
Another safety issue involved in this job is the needles used for administering the contrast dye into the body. The risks from sharps use are infections that can be transmitted through accidental needle prick.
The radiographers at BR only have the best intention for the patient in mind, therefore extra caution is taken with each individual
Travis’ work involves cleaning the Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft, which is in a high-risk work environment.
The following safety issues involved in this work include crush and amputation hazards from flight controls, danger from other operating aircraft in the vicinity of other operating aircraft (dangers which include noise, operating engines and collision with other aircraft).
When cleaning the inside of the aircraft there is the risk of sharps being present and special care must be taken when clean in confined areas of the aircraft incase sharps have fallen and not been collected. In the cleaning of the outside of the aircraft involves the uses of chemical degreasers and cleaners, which are class as hazardous chemicals.
The reduce the risk of crush or amputation from flight controls involves the use of flight control locks to prevent movement of the flight controls while work is being carried out on the aircraft. The danger from other aircraft in the vicinity are reduced by using concise and accurate communications between all personnel on the apron while movement of aircraft is being conducted so everyone is made aware of what’s happening around them.
Dangers from shapes in the aircraft are reduced by the use of PPE when cleaning confined spaces. The PPE required are non-cut safety gloves and clasps for picking up the sharps.
To reduce the risk with the use of chemicals PPE use in the form of gloves and safety glasses.
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Inge Bothma's insight:
This is sometime ago now, but this is a perfect example of not following protocols that are in place.
During the flight, the control tower denied the pilots of the A320 to perform some tests, at first they listened. However, for some reason on their decent it was decided to perform the exact tests they were declined to. These tests were to be done at high altitude, but instead was done at a much lower altitude.
It was also found later that a few minutes into the flight, water got into sensors of the aircraft and froze the sensors, which contributed to the crash because the computer did not register the faults happening.
This is a tragedy, but both going against protocols and equipment failure is responsible for the fatal crash.
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