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Mining bill author admits it will cause environmental harm : adverse effects presumed necessary.

Mining bill author admits it will cause environmental harm : adverse effects presumed necessary. | OHS | Scoop.it

But Sen. Tom Tiffany says wording changes in the legislation were designed to protect the state from a legal challenge. - “We are simply being honest,” Tiffany says. “There will be some impacts but they will be limited. Changing the word 'unnecessary' to 'necessary' lets the judge know it was the Legislature’s intent that there will be some adverse impacts."


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Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson's curator insight, March 4, 2013 7:02 AM

“The bill reflects the reality of mining. There are going to be some impacts to the environment above the iron ore body,” said Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst. “If the law is challenged and ends up in court, the judge needs to know it was the Legislature’s intent to allow adverse (environmental) impacts. That way, a judge can’t find fault if the environment is impacted.”

Tiffany made the admission after being asked Thursday in an interview with the Cap Times how Republicans could continue to claim the mining bill doesn't risk environmental harm when:

It specifically changes the wording of existing state permitting law from “significant adverse affects (to wetlands) are presumed to be unnecessary” to “significant adverse affects are presumed to be necessary.”Bill Williams, present of Gogebic Taconite, which is proposing a massive iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties, said in a recent Wisconsin State Journal article that as much as 30 to 40 percent of the 3,300 acres it is leasing could be covered by waste piles if it builds a $1.2 billion open-pit iron ore mine.The land above the rich vein of iron ore contains hundreds of acres of wetlands, numerous pristine trout streams and several small tributaries that feed into the Bad River. The Bad River wends its way to Lake Superior through the Bad River Indian Reservation, which includes culturally and economically significant rice beds.

“We are simply being honest,” Tiffany says. “There will be some impacts but they will be limited. Changing the word 'unnecessary' to 'necessary' lets the judge know it was the Legislature’s intent that there will be some adverse impacts.”

In a legal context, the wording change proves lawmakers knowingly passed a bill that they accepted would cause some harm to the environment, Tiffany adds, making it more difficult for a lawsuit to be successful on the grounds that a mining permit caused harm to the environment.


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Mining companies generally only work in the best interest of the shareholder, when will people wake up?

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SUMMER SAFETY TIPS

SUMMER SAFETY TIPS | OHS | Scoop.it

Keeping kids safe this summer is a goal for Children's Hope and Voice. Come visit our new webpage, Summer Safety Tips, to learn more about:

 

Internet Safety,

Stranger Danger,

Water Safety,

Fire Safety,

Bug & Animal Safety,

Sun Safety,

Bike and other Wheeled Entertainment Safety,

and more!

 

Share this page with grandparents, babysitters, childcare workers, and other persons caring for children this summer.

 

Have a great and happy summer!

 

 

 

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Slip, Slop, Slap even in the winter months. UV exposure is all year round.

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Spotlight on mining safety - Speaking of Safety

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A mine rescue team carries out a simulation during the 2010 Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition in BC. I read a story in OHS Magazine Online about a mining safety program in the US. The Brookwood-Sago grant program ...

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I cant reccomend it enough, get stuck into an emergency practice situation, you dont know when you'll need to undertake the real thing in life.

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Tom Lewis's curator insight, March 12, 2014 10:24 PM

By simulating rescues, this mine rescue team will know how to respond effectively in the event of a disaster. This precaution taken by the mine with Occupational Health and Safety in mind is in the best interest of the company and its employees.

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Store Person- Risk Management & Prevention Guidance- Model Code of Practice - Managing the Work Environment and Facilities - Safe Work Australia

Store Person- Risk Management & Prevention Guidance- Model Code of Practice - Managing the Work Environment and Facilities - Safe Work Australia | OHS | 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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The workplace environment of which any person works can have severe consequence that leads to incidents and injuries. Consultation with the general Store Person census, determined the risks associated with housekeeping as highest priority:

 

In a warehouse environment, high activity areas are consistently changing and the requirement to restore the workplace to a safe condition requires the need of continuous housekeeping. Poor housekeeping can increase the risk of slip, trips and falls which are some of the most common risks associated to a workplace environment. The aim of ‘good housekeeping’ in a warehouse environment is to maintain an exceptional state of order and regularity. Stock piling of material for later use or removal is undertaken as good housekeeping practice, generally waste management strategies are utilised to help reduce associated risk. In the warehouse, issues of poor housekeeping generally arise when ‘stock’, is stored in a fashion that either creates a new hazard or contributes to another.  Locations of materials play a key role, and should be considered, items are required to be stored free from access and egress areas. If hazardous materials or goods are stored, suitable locations, as determined by manufacturer’s specifications and Safety Data Sheets, should be adhered to. Stockpiling of goods must be done with a holistic approach of a risk assessment attitude 'what new risks have been introduced? & what can be done prevent or control the new risks?’. Further information and guidance is provided by Safework Australia, found within the material above.

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Loved this one from Nick Maidment!

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Store Person- Risk Management & Prevention Guidance- Fatigue management - a worker's guide - Safe Work Australia

Store Person- Risk Management & Prevention Guidance- Fatigue management - a worker's guide - Safe Work Australia | OHS | 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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Earlier in my OHS quest we visited the career of a Store Person/ Union Delegate Shane Brown. Shane’s job entails a number of factors that expose him and other employees to multiple safety risks.

 

Fatigue can affect individuals in a variety of circumstances and reduction in fatigue is required for operations relating to a Store Persons activities, as it can have severe impacts upon other individuals and the environment .

People can suffer from fatigue day in, day out, despite the amount of sleep or rest they have. The causes of this problem vary from the physical to the psychological, and both aspects need to be considered in the majority of those suffering with significant fatigue. Generally fatigue is caused by dehydration, a lack of sleep, stress or overwork, lack of physical fitness, poor quality diet, physical illness (e.g. heart, liver or kidney disease), after viral or other infection (e.g. glandular fever or flu), depression, a continuing infection (e.g. tropical disease). Due to many influences that contribute to fatigue in a workplace it is hard to determine underlying causes and is generally a reactive approach to the underlying risk rather than a proactive approach. Guidance formed under legislation and guidance from industry practice should provide additional information that reduces the risks associated with fatigue.

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Keith Clark's curator insight, July 14, 2014 9:22 PM

Fatigue is more than just a feeling of being tired and drowsy. Different workers will suffer from fatigue in different ways and because of different reasons. Fatigue reduces a workers ability to perform tasks safely and effectively.

Because of the intense concentration levels, disrupted sleep pattern due to shifts work and therefore disruption of the internal body clock fatigue can be closely associated with driving tasks.

The ability of fatigue to reduced hand-eye coordination and slow reflexes, blur vision and perception and affect the workers (drivers) ability to concentrate means that fatigue in the workplace is a  WH&S incident waiting to happen.The attached site describes fatigue management from a workers perceptive

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Store Person Risk Management & Prevention Guidence-Forklift-Safety-reducing-risks.pdf

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Earlier in my OHS quest we visited the career of a Store Person/ Union Delegate Shane Brown. Shane’s job entails a number of factors that expose him and other employees to multiple safety risks.

 

Forklifts are utilised in many industries to assist in the lifting and relocating of heavy materials to increase production and reduce manual handling. The operation of a forklift truck is considered a high risk working activity, therefore there are a number of risks associated with Forklift operations. For people that use forklifts, the maintenance of the equipment and competency of persons using the mobile plant is extremely important and benefits both ‘man’ and ‘machine. The first and foremost hazards identified with the use of forklifts are the inherent risks affiliated with mobile plant and equipment although it is important to recognise the human aspects linked to the operations of these machines. It is imperative that training of hazard identification and risk reduction strategies of operators, form part of the task as well as the mechanical aspects to constantly provide a safe working environment. The guidance provided in the link above enables people to access information and incormorate risk reduction strategies using collaborative guidance formed under legislation and industry experience.

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Safety Insight- OHS for a Store-person

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Shane Brown (Warehouse Store-person and Union Delegate)

Shane's Job entails order picking and stock movements. Shane is also a Union Delegate for the National Union of Workers (NWU).

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The warehouse and distribution industry can be a high risk environment and each day brings new risks and hazards for workers:

 

Involvement with workers in critical to achieving a safer work environment by providing active participation and transmition of information.High risk work such as plant and equipment operation creates a hazardous environment and safety enforcement is continuously used to maintain complience.Inspections of plant and equipment are frequently undertaken to check for potential of malfunction or damage.Assessments are frequently undertaken to ensure a safe work environment.Information training and instruction is provided to ensure operating proceedures are effective and relevant to protecting workers involved in the workplace.

 

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Safety Insight- OHS for Skydivers

Safety Insight- OHS  for Skydivers | OHS | Scoop.it

Mick Newsome (Skydive Instructor);

Mick’s day job is an accountant for an established firm on the Gold Coast but is also actively involved in teaching the daredevil sport of skydiving

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Skydiving is a highly regulated sport. Thousands of people go skydiving in Australia each year. Skydive businesses are under strict regulation within aviation industry ensure regular compliance with CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) regulations. This type of work contains a high levels of risk mitigation: 

 

Provision of services to general public requires extensive training and assessments to establish compatibility with the required demands.Safety inductions and rigorous regular practice maintain competency and quality of safety principles and information.  Equipment inspections are undertaken to ensure a high level of quality control and safety standard.Maintenance of equipment is a vital practice and often constitutes frequent inspections of personnel protective equipment and mechanical plant i.e. Plane, Parachutes, Altitude Meters.   
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Malaysia Airlines' missing flight is the latest sign of a safety crisis in the ... - Quartz

Malaysia Airlines' missing flight is the latest sign of a safety crisis in the ... - Quartz | OHS | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal Malaysia Airlines' missing flight is the latest sign of a safety crisis in the ...
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World's Largest Professional Network | LinkedIn

World's Largest Professional Network | LinkedIn | OHS | Scoop.it
250 million+ members | Manage your professional identity. Build and engage with your professional network. Access knowledge, insights and opportunities.
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construction risk management | estimating risk | cost & risk management

construction risk management | estimating risk | cost & risk management | OHS | Scoop.it
Construction risk management involves cost and schedule risk analysis, cost and risk management, construction risk analysis, risk in construction contracts.

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Remember to think critically and take accept the risk you choose.

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victor vasquez's curator insight, January 8, 2014 1:46 AM

There is alot more to construction than just building things,  before i would not think about how a project was managed and what was needed, only about the labor it took.

samuel millington's curator insight, October 7, 2015 8:58 AM

I don't know how people do it would be able to climb so high

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Mental Health: The forgotten side of mine safety - Australian Mining

Mental Health: The forgotten side of mine safety - Australian Mining | OHS | Scoop.it
Mental Health: The forgotten side of mine safety Australian Mining"Mental health should be a big player on the OH&S stage in the mining and resources sector but right now its name doesn't even appear on the program," ACRRHM chief executive Jennifer...

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Mental health is one of the biggest contributors to deaths in high risk industries, its about time we invested into the invisible health aspects of health and safety.

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Jess O'Malley's curator insight, March 4, 2014 2:37 PM

Knowedge, Awareness, Communication and Support. These are just 4 avenues that I use in providing assistance and awareness for the workers at site. This approach is useful for any health or safety topic that is important to the workforce, and one that I have found is effective.

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I believe that we are currently only seeing the tip of the iceberg in mental health issues in the mining industry and that this is going to be a huge problem in the future. I think there needs to be more acceptance of this problem and the stigma of mental health needs to be reduced.

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Mining Safety | Noise-induced hearing loss protection and Mining Safety

Mining Safety | Noise-induced hearing loss protection and Mining Safety | OHS | Scoop.it
Mining Safety health, tips, education, information and advice (Noise-induced hearing loss protection and Mining Safety http://t.co/Npn0ZxdH...)...

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Its all too often forgotten that we can't regain our hearing once its lost. Remember to look after your ears and your fellow work mates.

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Tom Lewis's curator insight, March 12, 2014 10:21 PM

There are many precautions that can be taken to prevent hearing damage in the mining industry. Complying with hearing PPE requirements such as ear plugs and ear muffs will limit noise as a hazard. The mine site is full of noisy equipment and as with anything prevention is better than cure.    

Lyle Dighton's curator insight, March 14, 2014 8:06 AM

A visual indicator as to the noise hazards which exist in mining operations. The diagram compares occupational and non - occupational noise levels to compare how noise producers compare with each other. A diagram like the one in the article is a good representation of OHS facts and figures.  

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Store Person- Risk Management & Prevention Guidence Electrical Safety-code-of-practice-risk-management.pdf

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Earlier in my OHS quest we visited the career of a Store Person/ Union Delegate Shane Brown. Shane’s job entails a number of factors that expose him and other employees to multiple safety risks.

 

Electrical hazards are present in most workplaces within Australia. It is important to identify all electrical hazard that exist within the workplace to reduce the potential exposure to the risk as there is a high potential for serious consequences if direct contact with electricity is made. In warehouse environments it is common for Store Persons to be exposed to electrical plant and equipent on a regular basis. Identification and inspection of electrical sources along with environmnetal awareness is regularly undertaken to ensure that that underlying hazards are mitigated before exposure is possible. A proactive approach, as apposed to a reactive approach is required as the result of an electrical incident has often proven to be fatal. Relelvant understanding is required whilst working  on and around electrical equipment to enable a safe work place and additional information provided by the above link will enable an understanding of requiremnts for individuals and bussinesses to reduce inherant risk. 

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Leonard Te Wierik's curator insight, August 22, 2014 8:02 AM

Fritz is an electrician and under the risk management and prevention guidance issues that arise within his workplace will assist him in better knowledge in the proper format of OHS within the working environment.  This scoop will show the risks within the electrical industry and point out the requirements of the prevention guidance needed.  

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Store Person Risk Management and Prevention- Model Codes of Practice - Hazardous Manual Tasks - Safe Work Australia

Store Person Risk Management and Prevention- Model Codes of Practice - Hazardous Manual Tasks - Safe Work Australia | OHS | 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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Earlier in my OHS quest we visited the career of a Store Person/ Union Delegate Shane Brown. Shane’s job entails a number of factors that expose him and other employees to multiple safety risks.

 

Manual handling and manual tasks are the most common types of work we utilise in the workplace, and hazardous manual tasks are frequently undertaken by Store Persons for day to day activities within the warehouse environment. A Hazardous Manual Task is any task that requires a person to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move, hold or restrain any person, animal or thing involving repetitive or sustained force, high or sudden force, repetitive movement, sustained or awkward posture or exposure to vibration. It is important to minimize the hazards and risks associated with the activities to reduce impact to the individual and businesses.

Risk controls and strategies which eliminate or minimize hazardous manual tasks are usually assessed using cost-effectiveness / return upon investment approaches that weigh benefits against the negatives of implementing new controls. Unfortunately it is still heavily relied upon for individual choice and knowledge to reduce the exposure to hazardous manual tasks. The information provided by Safework Australia enables additional information which provides best practice and legal requirements to mitigate risk involving hazardous manual tasks.    

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Safety Insight- OHS for Remote Delivery Driver

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Ben Fern (Delivery Driver)

 

Ben works for a plumbing supplier who delivers mechanical plumbing parts and components to mining sites in the Surat Basin.

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Driving cars is a daily risk we run in almost everyday life. Delivery drivers working in remote environments have many safety factors to determine whilst undertaking work activities:

 

Fatigue management is crucial when undertaking long drives due to mental and physical exhersion affect when driving through rough terrain.Management of journeys involves  frequenst stops and safety checkpoint calls are utilised to increase communication with co-workers and ensure drivers are safe at particular destinations.Weather can effect driving conditions and change the landscape in remote locationsPersonal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, safety capped boots are required along with environmental protection such as sunscreen, sunglasses and long sleeve hi vis as drivers are often exposed to the sun for large periods of time.Physical exhertion is reduced via the use of mechanical aids to load and unload vehicles, although manual handling is often employed to deliver goods.

 

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Safety Insight- OHS for a Mobile DJ

Safety Insight- OHS for a Mobile DJ | OHS | Scoop.it

Nicholas Van de Van (Mobile DJ)

 

Mobile DJ catering to a variety of functions such as parties, weddings and corporate events.

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The entertainment industry contains many hazards and risks therefore risk management strategies must be undertaken to reduce the likelihood of causing injury, harm or property damage:

 

Public protection plays a key part in the industry therefore responsibility of work conditions is critical to ensuring the safety of the worker and audience.Electrical inspections and testing of electrical equipment is critical to ensure potential for electric shock or contact.Good manual handling skills are used t ensure that muscular skeletal injuries do not occur as a result of lifting heavy equipment.Slips, trips and falls can become a major hazard when setting up equipment so constant workplace inspections and assessments are undertaken to reduce the potential of occurring .

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Safety Insights- Safety for a PT

Safety Insights- Safety for a PT | OHS | Scoop.it

Natasha Maxwell (Personnel Trainer)

Natasha works as a personnel trainer for an established gym in the Brisbane CBD. Natasha is committed to help achieve goals set by her clients whilst maintaining her own personal fitness levels.  

Nick Maidment's OHS Quest's insight:

The health and fitness industry covers a broad area relating to occupational health and safety. Trainers are responsible for the health and wellbeing of a number of public participants:

 

Muscular skeletal disorders are common and manual handling techniques are required for this type of work.Fatigue management is key area in which Fitness Instructors are trained due to physical demands imposed upon individuals.Health promotion techniques are often employed to increase motivation and fitness levels, providing critical information where required.Provision of public speaking and interaction in commonplace whilst performing required work and consultation on bullying and harassment is commonplace.Due to the physical demands, incidents and injuries often occur, requiring investigation along with changes to procedures.  Risk assessments are undertaken prior to engaging in activities reducing the hazards and risk associated with the work, increasing public protection and individual participation.Engaging in with relevant parties requires effective consultation, training and assessment of competency.

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Listly List - Motorcycle Accident and Safety Content

Listly List - Motorcycle Accident and Safety Content - The Most Common Cause of Motorcycle Accidents, Motorcycle Lane Splitting, Cars Cause Most Accidents Between Motorcycles and Automobiles, Tampa Bay Motorcycle Deaths Spike in 2013, Suggested...

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Stay Safe on the roads people. Keep an eye out for Motorcycles, dont just use your mirrors, check your blind spots.

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Matthew A. Dolman's curator insight, January 2, 2014 7:02 PM

I have compiled content on the subject of motorcycle accidents and safety news 

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Safety in Manufacturing: The Top 5 Safety Manager Responsibilities

Safety in Manufacturing: The Top 5 Safety Manager Responsibilities | OHS | Scoop.it

The following post on safety in manufacturing is applicable to most businesses, not only manufacturing facilities. However, there is an important role safety plays in manufacturing facilities to ensure your company is maintaining the highest levels of output. Without safety as a top priority in manufacturing operations, you are sure to experience delays in getting your product finished and shipped to your customer, thus impacting, ultimately, your company’s bottom line.


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