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Motorcycle Workshop Safety

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Setting up a work shop seems easy on the face of it: lots of light, a bench and some tools. But working on a motorcycle that will be ridden (against just displayed) requires more than basic mechanical skills, and therefore, requires more than a basic work shop.
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This site outlines the main features that are required within a motorcycle workshop to ensure it is a safe working environment. It discusses safety precautions important to motorcycle workshops, focusing primarily on advice for mechanics looking to work from home, but provided information that can be use in larger scale workshops as well.

This site will help motorcycle mechanics and Lee to ensure that they have a safe and well planned work area, suitable to the daily duties that are being carried-out. This site offers risk management information that will ensure that mechanics who follow this guidance are able to avoid or divert hazards which occur in their workspace through the safety features of their workspace’s formatting.

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DEEP: Degreaser Management for Individuals

DEEP: Degreaser Management for Individuals | OHS Issues with Work & Leisure | Scoop.it
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This site discusses degreasers, chemicals commonly used in motorcycle workshops that can have adverse health effects to users if they're not careful. It outlines clearly what a degreaser is, safety information for when using degreaser, as well as  useful hints for handling it in a safe manner.

This information it vital for Lee and other motorcycle mechanics due to the frequency that degreaser is used in their work environments. This information will enable them to manage the risks involved in using degreasers and provide a guideline for how to safely use degreaser to minimise the risk it poses to them and other workers in their work environment.

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Safety Tips for Grinding Discs - FastFlex Articles - Grinding Discs

Safety Tips for Grinding Discs - FastFlex Articles - Grinding Discs | OHS Issues with Work & Leisure | Scoop.it
Angle grinders are one of the most dangerous tools in any workplace. That is why each workplace needs a set of guidelines for working with grinders and other power tools.
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There are many electrical appliances that motorcycle mechanics are required to use in their workplace, including a grinder. As grinders are highly dangerous tools, safety information on how to use them and what safety equipment is required is vital for motorcycle mechanics, such as Lee, to ensure the safety of themselves, and those working around them. This site discusses the major safety issues associated with grinders and provides guidance on how to avoid this issues or or how to protect yourself in preparation for the event that an accident does occur. Along with mentioning risk management advice, it lists the safety equipment, PPE, that should be worn at all times when using a grinder.

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Kim (Mum) - Primary School Teacher

Kim (Mum) - Primary School Teacher | OHS Issues with Work & Leisure | Scoop.it
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As a teacher my mother faces many OHS issues, such as sore back and neck from using computer, stress from the increase in expectations of teachers, sickness (from getting run down as well as catching diseases from students) as well as the risk of getting attacked by angry students (yes, it happens).

Due to these issues, my mum tries to avoid sitting at her computer for long periods of time without getting up and moving around. She tries to stay as organised as possible, getting as much work done early each term to avoid getting overly stressed about deadlines and marking. Sickness is harder to avoid, but in an effort to stay healthy she takes multivitamins, encourages the correct use of tissues in the classroom, washes her hands regularly and avoids getting into the students personal space when helping them individually. Although it is very rare for teachers to get attacked by students, it’s still a risk that they face. In order to protect themselves against such risks, teachers must be able to read students moods and emotions. Students with learning impairments/disabilities are highlighted for teachers to ensure they are aware that dealings with such students may need to be undertaken in a slightly different manner to other students to avoid aggravation and therefore confrontation.

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Daina - Netball Player

Daina - Netball Player | OHS Issues with Work & Leisure | Scoop.it
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As a netball player, there are many OHS issues that are relevant. The main issues for a player is sprains and strains, the condition of the court and the possibility of confrontation from other players.

As sprains and injuries are common in netball, many players strap ankles and knees to avoid injury, or to help existing ones. First aid kits are readily available at the reception as well as designated areas for ambulance access in case of bad injuries. Referees must also be aware of possible tripping hazards, such as netballs from other games that come onto the court during play. The condition of the court is very important as players need to be able to go from sprinting to stopping immediately. Courts that have been damaged over time and are crumbly or uneven are not used to play games for player safety. They require re-turfing before they can be used for games. As netball is outside, the condition of the courts is also affected by weather. Moisture in the air can sometimes make the courts slippery, in which case the association is in charge of deciding whether games are played or postponed for player safety. No games are played in the rain for this reason. As netball is a competitive sport, there is a risk of players becoming aggravated and aggressive. For this reason, rules apply that can have players banned from the vicinity for extended periods of time or simply sent off the court for a certain period of time. This judgement is made by the referee, or for larger scale incidents, the the Netball Association.

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Sabine - Pizza Maker

Sabine - Pizza Maker | OHS Issues with Work & Leisure | Scoop.it
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The main OHS issues involved with this job, is the risk of slipping or tripping, getting burn by the oven, getting cut by the cut blade and having food items fall down from the shelves in the cold room and causing injury. 

Due to these issues, there are many workplace rules to be followed. These include keeping floors clean and tidy at all times. Benches and customer eating areas must also be kept clean and tidy. The temperature of the oven must stay within guidelines, this avoid creating a environment that is too hot, as well as ensuring pizzas are cooked correctly to avoid making customers sick. Each night one person is allocated the task of being cutter. This avoids too much movement around the cut bench, minimising the risk of utensils falling of and injuring people - such as the cut blade falling of the bench or clean cut blades (for gluten free pizzas or people with allergies) falling from the edge of the oven where they hang. Step lasers are provided to avoid employees reaching up high shelves to get ingredients to reduce the risk of items falling down on them. A rule is also enforced that you cannot carry anything above eye level; you must have a clear view at all times.

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Tyre Fitters

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When it comes to tyre fitting, it’s not as easy as it sounds, in fact, there are many hazards involved! This is an excellent site that details the hazards involved with tyre fitting and how to avoid them, such as what PPE you should be wearing.

This site is highly useful to Lee and other mechanics, clearly outlining the problems that they could face and showing just how dangerous they can be, including accident cases demonstrating the effects of incorrect or improper use of equipment. By explaining what protection equipment should be worn and why, this site gives incident prevention guidance and shows how to manage the risks that Lee and other motorcycle mechanics may face when tyre fitting.

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MIG Welding Safety

MIG Welding Safety | OHS Issues with Work & Leisure | Scoop.it
Precautions and safety equipment for MIG welding
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Welding is a common practice in many workshops, including that of motorcycles. This site explains the dangers associated with welding and discusses presentation measures of how to avoid incidents and how to protect yourself and others from harm.

For Lee and other motorcycle mechanics, this site is very useful. This site is clear and straight-forward about the effects welding can have if they - the welder - is not careful or attentive. It outlines ways to mange the risks associated with welding for the worker and those around them, outlining the correct and safe way to weld and listing protective equipment required to do so.

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▶ Safe Lifting Tips and Techniques - YouTube

Improper lifting of heavy objects leads to thousands of preventable injuries in the workplace each year. Through proper training, you can prevent the expensi...
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Most workplaces will require lifting of objects at some point in time, but a motorbike workshop requires it on a daily bases. This is why this short youtube clip contains important information on risk management for Lee and other motorbike mechanics who find themselves lifting items on regular occasions.

This clip demonstrates correct techniques for lifting items to avoid causing damage to the body, such as hurting the back or causing aches and strains. A clear explanation is given to accompany the demonstration throughout the clip, making it easy to understand and effective at delivering the vital information required to manage the risk of injury involved with lifting.

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Sarah - Basketball Player

Sarah - Basketball Player | OHS Issues with Work & Leisure | Scoop.it
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As a basketball player, their are many OHS issues relevant to Sarah. The major risk is that of sprains and strains. This can come from tripping, getting hit during play, balls rolling in off other courts or from spilt water/drinks on or near the court. Courts can also become dangerous according to the weather, becoming slippery in wet weather due to the moister, or in the dry season due to dust. As a basketball player, Sarah is also at risk from fights and violence as the games progress, depending on the opposition and their behaviour.

In response to these OHS issues, courts are often swept before playing and training with special brooms. These brooms remove dirt and dust, as well as drying the courts slightly in wet weather. Basketball games are also played according to the conditions - when training on a slippery court, players will practice more stationary moves such as shooting, instead of other areas that require quick stopping and starting motions. This decision is often made by the coach. Also, to prevent personal injury, players tape joins etc. to prevent rolling/twisting/movement in sore or injury prone places. In order to reduce the OHS problems faced by the possibility of fights, rules are provided for referees, as well as consequences for those involved. It is the referees job to maintain a safe playing environment for players - checking courts, removing disruptive spectators and keeping players under control.

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Lee (Brother) - Motorbike Mechanic

Lee (Brother) - Motorbike Mechanic | OHS Issues with Work & Leisure | Scoop.it
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As a motor bike mechanic, there are many OHS issues that my brother is faced with each day. In the environment he works in, the main safety issues he’s faced with include finger pinching (getting his fingers stuck between parts), bikes and other parts falling off benches/work spaces and falling on him, burns, aches and strains from lifting and moving vehicles and loud noises.

In response to these hazards, much care has to be taken in this work environment. Double checking things are done the correct way to avoid injury, ensuring motorbikes and parts are placed away from edges or fastened well to avoid falling. To avoid burns when working around hot parts or machinery, gloves and safety equipment is required and ear plugs provided when working with loud machinery. When lifting vehicles it’s important to bend at the knees and to use legs muscles more then the back to avoid aches and strains. For certain vehicles, more than one person may be required in order to lift safely.

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