Hazard identification is the first step in risk prevention. This scoop is an easy to follow hazard identification video that relates to health care and outlines very important topics that would influence Lisa's everyday working environment. The hazards mentioned must be controlled to ensure Lisa is safe from injury and illness. Infection control to prevent spread of disease, cleaning up spills to prevent slipping, lighting control to ensure people can see their way around and to not strain their eyes, bed height must be appropriate to prevent back injuries, and the potential that a client is aggressive may become a hazard and is something to be aware of when assessing.
Here is the fire evacuation safety plan in which Family Planning Queensland have implemented and display on their walls around the clinic. This is very important for all staff to know where to go in the event of a fire to prevent injury or worst case death and to also inform clients where to go and assemble at a safe designated area while waiting for help to arrive.
Washing hands properly after using the toilet, changing nappies, handling animals and before and after handling food helps prevent the spread of various forms of gastroenteritis, some of which can cause serious health problems. Use soap and warm running water and wash hands for at least 10 seconds. Liquid soap is best.
Emma Petersen's insight:
Here is a great article which covers why washing hands is important, when to do it and how to do it. Hands must be washed all the time in a health clinic especially before and after dealing with each patient to prevent the spread of infection.
This is my boyfriend Trent who is an MSA Grader and Chiller Assessor at the Rockhampton Meat works. In this picture amongst other OHS equipment, the components Trent is wearing which will be discussed are: ear muffs, two cut resistant polo gloves, one mesh glove, and “whites”. The ear muffs are mandatory for prevention of industrial deafness around noisy machinery. The gloves worn on both hands are cut resistant polo gloves required when using knives to prevent small cuts, however in addition to wearing the polo gloves, a mesh chain mail type glove must be worn on the hand opposite to the hand using the knife and thus is for extra protection from more severe injuries if the knife was to slip and make contact with the hand. The whites that are worn is a protective uniform to simply prevent any outside contamination the workers may potentially transfer without such protection barrier which is especially important when working in an edible area dealing with meat processing. These are not to be removed from or worn outside the working area and are washed daily ensuring they are always sanitary.
This is Lisa. Lisa is a women's health nurse at Family Planning Queensland where my Mum works. At a workplace like this and any other health clinic it is important to maintain personal hygiene at all times. Nurses are required to wear gloves whilst examining patients and are also required to practice correct hand washing techniques and the clinic supplies hand sanitizer to patients and staff and are encouraged to use it regularly avoid spread of germs. In relation to this, examination beds also have to be wiped down and covering replaced after each contact from patients. All staff also receive their flu needles each year through the workplace to avoid spread of illness each flu season. There is an assigned OHS officer at FPQ who works part-time and is responsible for organising fire escape drills for education of staff and ensuring exits are kept clear.
This is my Uncle Derek who enjoys riding his Jetski for recreation. In this environment, health and safety matters include: wearing of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), complying with Maritime Safety Queensland laws of under 0.05% blood alcohol content (BAC) and ensuring possession of necessary safety equipment off shore. PFDs must be worn to prevent potential drowning in the event of capsize or collision. The maximum BAC compliance of under 0.05% ensures the human reflexes and response times to emergencies are not reduced so much so that it is considered a risk to themselves or others. Another compliance with Maritime Safety Queensland laws is to ensure the following is kept on board a water craft: an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), hand flare, orange smoke flare and V sheet. In the event of an emergency these are to signal to a satellite (EPIRB) and locate the user’s whereabouts for rescue, or visually signal passers-by in order to receive help from other vessels and possibly require them to contact emergency services if needed.
Almost at the end of my Three year degree I'm looking forward to representing that green uniform society looks up to and helping others the best way I can whatever their struggle may be. Also very importantly following safe work practices and occupational health and safety laws to ensure the safety of myself, partner, colleagues and patients
It is very important for Paramedics to stay healthy and fit so they are ready for duty. Lifting patients twice their size in some cases and providing care that requires a standard fitness level. We can all achieve this by eating healthy and working out to reduce injury and stress whilst in the workplace.
In interesting case where a Paramedic made a judgement call to not enter an unsafe environment where a man needed help. As a resulted the coroner condemned the paramedic while the paramedic remained in his own right to put his own safety first. It was the belief of the Councillor that OHS laws are stopping paramedics doing their job which is a sad thing overruling natural instinct to risk one's life to save another.
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A Parent's worst nightmare can be preventable just by spreading awareness about pool safety, the importance of early swimming lessons and having a secure gate. Turning your back on a child for a minute can be so dangerous when water is involved and EVERYONE needs to know this and know what to do in such event.
This document is about caring for a person who is aggressive, it explains why this can occur, possible reactions expected of an aggressive patient, goals for nursing the person, things to consider for prevention of aggressive behaviors and what to do if confronted with aggression. Although this rarely happens at Family Planning, it is always something to keep in mind to protect the safety of oneself and others.
This is my cousin Michelle and her husband Rod on their bicycles which they ride for fitness. Health and Safety issues that could arise in this area are: fatigue, snake bite and a trauma injury. Fatigue is a major issue in sport and can be avoided by taking regular breaks, staying to a pace that is comfortable for each individual and drinking plenty of water. Depending where you ride, a snake bite can be quiet common riding through bush trails as the leg is often exposed as the rider is more than likely going to wear comfortable sport pants; this risk can be reduced by wearing covering over the lower leg and in the event a bite does occur it is recommended to always have a first aid kit complete with compression bandages for snake bites and a phone to call for medical help, 000. A phone and first aid kit would also be of use in the event of a fall resulting in a scrape injury or to call 000 in a serious event; and always travel with another person for extra precaution or tell someone where you’re going.
This is Brad, the Site Manager at Stanwell Power Station where my Dad works. He is responsible for promoting a Zero Harm workplace at Stanwell through ensuring that the Corporate Health and Safety Management approach is adopted in all work activities, developing and actioning specific Health & Safety Risk Plans and implementing Health and Safety Initiatives at the site. This includes: ensuring workers are wearing appropriate clothing protection including high visibility work shirts, wearing of steel capped safety boots and hard hats. High visibility has been implemented in all construction sites to ensure whereabouts of staff while vehicles or machinery are being operated to reduce risk of injury to bystanders. Steel capped work boots are also very important when working around machinery so as to not cause a severe crush injury in the event a heavy object was to fall onto a workers foot. Hard hats are also mandatory in the large operation rooms where there is risk equipment can fall from above.
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Describes the field of Paramedics brilliantly! Well worth a read. "The flashing lights and sirens aren't even the wrapping on the package–they’re the tag. Inside, is the chance to make a difference... We may cure seldom, but we can relieve often, and we should comfort always.”
PARAMEDICS will have the power to refuse to take people to hospital in a bid to crack down on ambulances being used as taxis.
Emma Petersen's insight:
I believe this is very important to change these laws so that paramedics can spend less time on those patients who merely need basic first aid and more time on patients who desperately need transport to a hospital bed without having to wait unnecessary hours in Accident and Emergency when they are more deserving of a bed than those occupying them. During my placement I have come across such patients who ring an ambulance at 3 am because they've been having cold symptoms for two weeks and haven't bothered to visit a doctor; these cases become more frustrating when there are cars in the driveway and family members quite capable to driving the person to the doctor. However it is the Paramedics duty of care to get them the necessary help from hospital even though they should have and were quite capable of seeing a doctor when the problem arose.
This is an increasing concern for paramedics The chief of the NSW ambulance service says he's alarmed that violence against paramedics is rising, with 47 staff attacked already in 2014.
Emma Petersen's insight:
Being a rather small built person myself it concerns me greatly of how many violent attacks there are on paramedics and this number is continuing to rise. In an aid to lower these attacks there should be access in Ambulance stations all over the world to have self defense classes and awareness. Another way this number may also be lowered is if Paramedics are allowed in future to carry equipment such as taser stun guns for their own safety.
As Paramedic's although trained to save lives in sickness and injury, prevention is ALWAYS better than a cure. With our ever increasing road toll the message should be spread of how big of an issue drug and drink driving is to the people who commit these offences and other innocent road users who are affected simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Too many lives are taken from these careless acts which leaves me asking the question: Why aren't more things being done to stop people driving under the influence?!
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