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Pete, Tank Cleaner.

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Lynne Thompson's curator insight, March 25, 2014 8:42 PM

This is Pete, Pete is a tank cleaner and is based at Moore Park Beach Qld. The hazards I expect Pete will have to manage daily are as follows:

  • Electrical
  • Falling from heights
  • Confined spaces
  • Cuts
  • Dangers whilst using power tools and pumps
  • Sun exposure
  • Possible dangers getting out of tanks
  • Fitting down into tanks

After speaking with Pete about his business, he has explained hazards he faces daily:

  • Pete uses safety electrical boards, so the risk of electrical dangers are managed
  • Falling from ladders
  • Confined spaces
  • Pete's main danger is stepping on the pressure hose while he is on the roof, the pressure hose does not bend into the mould of the roof and if you step on the hose it can be very dangerous and falling from the roof is possible. Pete uses a harness while working on the roof
  • When using the roof harness this creates a risk of stepping on the harness rope, they are aware of this risk, and that helps reduce it
  • Road and traffic hazards, Pete services a large area and drives many km's per week
  • Trips, falls
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Using high pressure equipment



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Precious Time - The Cody McNolty story

Download high quality versions here: http://tinyurl.com/4blajr This video documents the story of Cody McNolty, a confined space rescue that goes tragically w...
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Pete,

Please watch this video, this is so real and it happens, many people are killed every year working in confined spaces. In this case you can see that if they had safety systems in place, they were not being utilised, the man who lost his life entered the confined space on his own, he did not have a second person, there was no communication to let his co workers know he was entering the space. A loss of oxygen was the cause of this death and could have been the cause of the death of three other workers one being his own son. But it can happen so easily.

Please do not become a statistic Pete and make sure you are always using your Risk Assessments and managing hazards.

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▶ HOW DO I GET A CONFINED SPACE ENTRY TICKET? (CONFINED SPACE COURSE DETAILS) - YouTube

http://wamtraining.com.au.conceptstage.net/courses/confined-space-entry-with-breathing-apparartus This Video provides a brief outline of our Enter & Work in ...
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Small to medium enterprises program - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Small to medium enterprises program - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland | OH&S QUEST 3 'Knight in training' Pete. Tank Cleaner | Scoop.it
The small to medium enterprises program provides free, easy-to-use services to help manage health and safety in your business.
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Pete, I would suggest making use of this fantastic resource, it is current, and it is a free service provided by the government and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.


The 'Small to medium enterprises program- Workplace Health and Safety Queensland' is a program provided for small business. You can obtain all of the information through this program of which includes a free consultation from a OHS professional. I would suggest applying for this and this will ensure all of your safety obligations are met, and approved, and you have provided a duty of care , you are ensured of having the best program to keep yourself and your workers safe. The amount of safety information that can be put in place in your business and questions answered  by these professionals is a fantastic opportunity for your business.

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Tank Cleaning and Degassing

Tank Cleaning and Degassing | OH&S QUEST 3 'Knight in training' Pete. Tank Cleaner | Scoop.it
Industrial Storage Tank Cleaning and Degassing a ProGreen technology for meeting today's stringent environmental regulations.
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Yellow Pages® | Tank Cleaning in BUNDABERG COUNCIL, QLD

Yellow Pages® | Tank Cleaning in BUNDABERG COUNCIL, QLD | OH&S QUEST 3 'Knight in training' Pete. Tank Cleaner | Scoop.it
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Pete,

Be aware of what your competition are doing,  and how they are managing safety in their own businesses.

Maybe they are using a safety system that you could tap into, maybe they have sourced safety information from a certain company and can offer you some suggestions. Have they had any incidents that can flag a potential risk in your own business.

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Safe Working in a Confined Space - Australian Standard AS2865-1995 (NOHSC:1009(1994)) - Safe Work Australia

Safe Working in a Confined Space - Australian Standard AS2865-1995 (NOHSC:1009(1994)) - Safe Work Australia | OH&S QUEST 3 'Knight in training' Pete. Tank Cleaner | 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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Pete, this is a major risk to you, many workers die every year as a result of working in confined spaces.

Confined space includes any enclosed or partially enclosed space that

  1. is not designed or intended primarily to be occupied by a person
  2. is or is designed or intended to be, at normal atmospheric pressure while a person is in the space
  3. is or is likely to be a risk because of the atmosphere, contaminants or engulfment

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO MANAGE THIS RISK

  • Use a confined space entry permit
  • use signage
  • communication (have a second person)
  • emergency procedures
  • Use safety harnesses
  • Use safety rescue lines if danger exists
  • be aware of -oxygen deficiency, carbon monoxide, presence of contaminants, the build up and release of gases and suffocation e.g sand, grain, fertilisers


Most importantly - complete a written risk assessment this will identify all of these hazards and allow you to have a plan in place to manage them.






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David Wise's curator insight, April 22, 10:41 PM
Wise_OCHS11026 Assignment 3 Quest 3 Confined Space

To help Tony manage the risks around his Confined Space activities our systems are designed around industry best practice and Australian Standards.

It is important that organisations keep abreast of legislation and standards that apply to them. 

There were some major amendments to the Australian standard 2865:2009 Confined Spaces. It is possible that most organisations would have not updated their Safety Management Systems to align with the current Confined Space Standard. Our Confined Space review lasted Eight months and covered over 400 Confined Spaces, so, I am confident that we are meeting our statutory obligations, but are our systems effective?

Using the new amendments there few a few changes and some Spaces were removed form our Confined Spaced data base. 

I must stress that to me it is vitally important that we have standards, but we must be critical of these standards and understand that just because we have a system it does not mean that we are covered and will not have incidents.

The most important issues to me around confined Spaces are,

# Our risk management process. Yes, we must have a system and we do, but how effective is the system?  Is the system just compliance or is it truly effective? This requires robust auditing and effective reporting of gaps in order to be up to date and effective.

# Training, how effective is our training, our approach to applying our risk management processes and our ability to identify and control hazards.

At the end of the day, the Space is Just a Space. How we interact with it determines the level of risk involved. Often this is purely task based, hence the need for robust hazard identification and application of  effective controls.

Our risk identification and control approach will help Tony stay safe..

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Pressure Washer Safety Tips | How to Use Power Washers | Briggs & Stratton

Pressure Washer Safety Tips | How to Use Power Washers | Briggs & Stratton | OH&S QUEST 3 'Knight in training' Pete. Tank Cleaner | Scoop.it
Safety is key when using a pressure washer. Learn how to use a power washer & safely operate and maintain Briggs & Stratton small engines.
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Pete,

One of the hazards associated with cleaning tanks is the use of pressure when using pressure cleaners.


RISKS

  • Can cause serious wound which at first can seem minor but later can become worse
  • High pressure can throw objects it strikes
  • Electric Shock
  • Carbon Monoxide poisoning
  • Slips trips and falls
  • Splash back


Once again ensure you are using Risk Assessments and managing your safety.

  • Wear gloves to manage the risk of wound
  •  Remove object in the path of the pressure cleaner and always be aware of where it is pointing
  • Wear the correct safety shoes and be aware of electrical hazard, do not work on the pressure pumps unless in a controlled environment
  • Never place the pump of a pressure cleaner in a confined space
  • Keep your sight clear of obstacles, be aware of hoses, and tools
  • Be aware if you are cleaning a surface after a chemical has been used to clean, always wear safety glasses


Use Risk Assessments and manage your safety and the safety of other workers.



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JobSafe SA | Confined Spaces

JobSafe SA | Confined Spaces | OH&S QUEST 3 'Knight in training' Pete. Tank Cleaner | Scoop.it
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Pete,

It would be worth looking into some training regarding Confined Spaces.

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Home - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Home - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland | OH&S QUEST 3 'Knight in training' Pete. Tank Cleaner | Scoop.it
Find information on work health and safety in Queensland, including information for industry, legislation, penalties, obligations, licensing and training
Lynne Thompson's insight:

Pete,

Please visit this link. The office of fair and safe work Queensland regulates work health and safety in Queensland. All of the codes of practice and regulations are found on this site.


There are no set regulations for Tank Cleaning as such but all of the information regarding risks that relate to your environment are here.


Tank Cleaners could find the following risks:

  • Fumes-lack of oxygen
  • Fire-needs fuel, energy (ignition source),oxidiser (air), fire needs all of these three elements, you need to ensure you don't have all of these elements together in a confined space. .  Tanks can have fuel (mist from cleaning solvents) oxidiser (air) so the only way to stop an explosion is to make sure there is no energy (ignition source) e.g electrostatic discharge.
  • Reaction-substances having to be used to clean in certain situations
  • Corrosion- substances used if in contact with skin, eyes, mouth or respiratory tract can destroy human tissue.
  • Overexposure- to toxic substances
  • Asphyxiation- Oxygen deficiency

there are many more risks-falling from heights, slips trips and falls, sun exposure, many more risks would be found when completing a risk assessment on your job site.


Unfortunately the paperwork for use on your own site is not available from Fair Work Queensland or any other government organisations. Pete, you would have to read through the codes of practice and the regulations and come up with your own system to use on site. There are organisations that produce the forms and safety systems for you to use but these come at a cost and as you are a very small business I would suggest making use of the program available.



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The available program is the 'Small to medium enterprise program' available on these scoop it pages.
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Department of Health - Water Quality

Department of Health - Water Quality | OH&S QUEST 3 'Knight in training' Pete. Tank Cleaner | Scoop.it
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Pete,

This would be an interesting read for you as a lot of your work relates to refilling water tanks and ensuring Drinking Water is clean and safe.

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Tank cleaning safety - tankcleaning guide

Tank cleaning safety - tankcleaning guide | OH&S QUEST 3 'Knight in training' Pete. Tank Cleaner | Scoop.it
Tank cleaning safety - tankcleaning
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Pete, this is interesting reading

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Three critical after Victoria tank accident

Three critical after Victoria tank accident | OH&S QUEST 3 'Knight in training' Pete. Tank Cleaner | Scoop.it
Four people have been rescued after they were trapped in a water tank on a rural property in Victoria.
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Pete,

Please don't let this happen to you.


Up to 10 people ended up in hospital. Mr Coster and his 2 sons were cleaning a storage tank with ammonia they were overcome by fumes and a lack of oxygen.

Seven others; police officers and paramedics who helped in the rescue were also affected by the fumes and needed treatment.


Luckily they all survived after being in hospital in a critical state for 10 days.


Pete - these are risks you encounter every day, please manage this risk regarding confined spaces. A lack of oxygen and a reaction caused from the chemicals used by those cleaning the tank was the cause of this accident, they were luck that police officers were near by and up to 4 ambulance and one air ambulance were available and on the scene very quickly.



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David Wise's curator insight, April 22, 11:33 PM
Wise_OCHS11026 Assignment 3 Quest 3 Confined Space

This is a great Scoop, I remember watching this on the news. My first thought was, how did the Police and Paramedics become victims as well? 

This leads me into our Emergency Response capabilities and how they will help keep Tony Safe. 

We have to be sure that we understand the risks involved when working in Confined Spaces, especially during rescue operations. We are in a unique situation. We are a remote site and do not have the luxury of being able to mobilise external emergency responders. The nearest local help is a rural police officer that is forty five minutes away by car.

Our resources are all trained to cert 3 level emergency response we have a nurse on hand and a well resourced emergency clinic. We have flying doctors that could be on the ground within the hour if needed. We need to be self reliant, must fully understand the risk that we are exposed to on our site, especially within Confined Spaces.

"Two police officers and a paramedic who were helping the group were among the injured and were taken to hospital in serious but stable conditions"

"The CFA rescued the group from the tank and will remain on the scene to decontaminate the area, Ambulance Victoria said".


Notice that no CFA personnel were effected? You could assume that the levels of training across the different responder groups is different. The CFA would have been well trained and drilled in Hazmat and Confined Space activities but the Police and Paramedics may not have been.

So considering the depth of our onsite rescue capabilities I believe that big Tony will be able to carry out his Confined Space tasks with the knowledge that he will be looked after in the case of an emergency.