The person I have chosen to rescue is Dylan, who is an electrical instrumentation tradesperson. Working with electricity can appear to be dangerous however with the correct training, knowledge and guidance material it can be as safe as an office job for example. This article in particular looks at the importance of performing pre start checks on tools, testing equipment and PPE. If employees are not checking their equipment then when it is to be used it may fail and cause injury or illness.
The electrical safety codes of practice are the backbone for the electrical industry. It is imperative that those working in the electrical industry have an understanding of what is included in the code of practice and how to enforce it in their work to ensure the health and safety of themselves, co-workers and clients.
The ESO also has a list of safety alerts for electrical related fatalities, urgent and significant electrical issues. These takes into the account the issue of businesses not learning from previous mistakes. These alerts let the reader know what went wrong, why it went wrong and how to stop it from occurring again.
Introducing Dylan, He is an Electrical Instrumentation Tradesperson working at a local heavy industry plant. The job includes; maintaining, repairing and upgrading, electrical and control systems.
The hazards that he is exposed to include
Ergonomics – muscular skeletal injuries
Stored energy, compressed air
Heat stress, dehydration
Working at heights
Disease – biohazards
These risks are managed through policies, job step procedures and picture process maps etc. They are also managed via training and restricted work hours. PPE is also used to minimise the hazards present.
Meet Craig he is an automotive electrician working in a mechanics workshop. Craig is responsible for the diagnosis and repair of vehicle electrical and air conditioning systems. He Is faced with OHS issues daily which include:
- Electrical shock from the electrical systems
- Hazardous Chemicals, such as air con cleaning fluid
- Falling objects, such as faulty hoists
Craig aims to minimise these risks by wearing eye protection when flushing the air con system and by wearing protective clothing (long pants and boots) daily. To avoid electrical shock Craig makes sure he tests a circuit for any voltage or current before conducting work, as can be seen above. As a part of the legislation hoists and other mechanical equipment are checked and tagged on a regular basis to avoid failure.
Hazardous area fact sheets like the one above and other electrical safety fact sheets can be found on the ESO website. These fact sheets give the reader an easy to understand overview of the obligations and responsibilities they have when installing electrical equipment in a hazardous area. These fact sheets are useful for a quick refresher reading, however in the code of practice a detailed version is included.
On the ESO website there is a list of electrical product recalls, such as white goods, power boards, electrical connectors and cables. For electrician to ensure their safety when working with equipment they should always check that it hasn't been recalled or why the product was recalled. If electricians use this faulty equipment they are putting themselves, co workers and clients in danger.
Meet Rodney he is an Operations Planner at a Heavy Industry company. He is responsible for organising isolation periods and creating isolation sheets and procedures.
The OHS risks that Rodney is mainly exposed to include; hazardous chemicals and explosives, confined space and housekeeping. Due to the company being quiet old a few of the procedures are not up to date which is a concern for Rodney.
These hazards are managed via many avenues some of which include; PPE, risk assessments, permits to work and company policy and procedures. When an outdated procedure is found it is reviewed and returned to practice updated.
This is Berni, she is an office administrator for a labour hire company. Berni is responsible for preparing documents, interviewing clients and conducting reference checks. She also looks after accounts, phone and personal communication.
The Ohs issues in her work environment include; ergonomics, access and manual lifting. There is a concern with accessing the bathroom at her work environment due to aged and slippery stairs. This hazard is managed via maintaining 3 points of contact. Whilst working it is important for Berni to follow the correct ergonomic procedures (stretch, posture, rest etc.) to avoid muscular or skeletal injuries. It is also important for Berni to follow the manual lifting policy when lifting heavy equipment.
This is Mandy, also know as Mum. She is a horticulturist for a heavy industry company working mainly in the parks surrounding the industrial area. She is responsible for hedging, mowing and whipper snipping. Her roles also includes poisoning, fertilisation, irrigation and weeding.
On an every day basis Mandy is exposed to many risks on the job. These include; hazardous chemicals found in the poisons that are used to kill weeds. Other risks include trip hazards, manual handling, repetition and strains. Manual handling, repetition and strain comes mainly from the use of whipper snippers and hedgers. She also has to be aware of traffic and other people, because she doesn't want to put herself or others at harm.
These risks are managed through the policies and procedures the company has set out. For example, providing signage and msds sheets for the poisons. Mandy is required to perform stretches at tool box meetings along with rest when she becomes sore. When operating the power tools or poisons it is a requirement that correct PPE is worn, such as eye and ear protection. Mandy is also required to wear long sleeve shirt, pants and steel cap boots as a compulsory uniform. As can be seen in the picture above Mandy is wearing the correct PPE whilst whipper snipping. (she is wearing ear plugs.)
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