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Quest 3 - Model Code of Practice - Confined Spaces - Safe Work Australia

Quest 3 - Model Code of Practice - Confined Spaces - Safe Work Australia | OHS Quest 2 & 3 | 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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Working in confined spaces poses as a significant threat  as these spaces are not designed  for humans to perform work in,  as the ventilation is poor and spaces are usually small. Risks are loss of

loss of consciousness, impairment, injury or death due to  a concentration of airborne contaminants, fire or explosion, asphyxiation and difficulties reaching the injured persons.

 

The Model Code of Practice for Confined Spaces  is a useful guide to managing the risks associated with this type of working environment by outlining hazards such as restricted entry,  harmful airborne contaminants, unsafe oxygen levels, fire and explosion hazards and engulfment. Working in confined spaces requires specialised training, required to deemed authorised and competent by the workplace and authorised by permit. Tony's health and safety is further assured by adopting safe work methods and understanding the hazards and risk associated.

 

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Quest 3 - Managing fatigue - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Fatigue management is a shared responsibility between management and workers as it involves factors both inside and outside of work. Employers and persons conducting a business or undertaking are responsible for using a risk management approach to manage fatigue.
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An important part of Tony's work life balance is to manage fatigue. Tony works 84 hours in his work week, 7days on, 7 days off, day and night shift rotating working a 12 hour day. Adding  the complexity of heat and thermal conditions, and heavy manual labour required, fatigue can play a big part  in the health and safety of this worker.  Some facts to consider:

1.  low alertness on night shift at 3-5 am, with increased accident risk.

2.  people who have had less than five hours sleep have an increased risk of a car accident when driving, 

3.  accident risk increases by 30 per cent by the fourth night shift,

4.  accident risk increases by 27.5 per cent on 12 hour shifts, compared with 8 hours on duty,

5.  night shift workers have a greater risk of developing obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

This practical guide offers ways to manage fatigue such as dietary advice for night shift workers, ways to manage a poor sleeping environment such as install heavy curtains, use air conditioning even just to drown out noise, modify social life if necessary, and when to seek medical advise for sleep disorders. 

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Quest 3 - Electrical safety - Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Quest 3  - Electrical safety - Department of Justice and Attorney-General | OHS Quest 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
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The Electrical Safety  - Department of Justice and Attorney - General website  offers electrical workers such as Tony reliable current information on matters regarding his electrical trade.  The source of information includes, current electrical safety laws, compliance and enforcement, electrical licensing and renewal, electrical equipment throughout to additional resources and contact details should further information be sought.  This website also  houses the incident reporting facility  as all electrical incidents must be reported to the electrical safety office.

The Electrical Safety Act  2002  is used to provide a legislative framework for electrical safety in Queensland with the main purpose being to prevent death or injury  by electricity. The act is further supported by the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 which acts as a specific guide to ensure safety duties are met. Codes of Practice such as managing electrical risks in the workplace are used as practical guides for Tony to utilise. There are 4 in total on this website.

This website houses a wealth of  reliable up to date current information and contact points to ensure Tony performs his job safely whilst outlining his  legislative duties as an electrician. Keeping Tony and his workmates safe.

 

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Army Deployment - Afghanistan

Army Deployment  - Afghanistan | OHS Quest 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
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Karl is in war torn Afghanistan, the biggest work place health and safety issue is loss of life via gun fire or improvised explosive device.  As demonstrated in the photo the soldiers are issued workplace health and safety equipment such as body armour in order to decrease loss of life. This armour and  their survival back pack in itself weighs approximately 65 kgs. The uniform is printed with desert camouflage design to blend in the desert environment to lessen enemy visibility. Dry food rationing (rat packs) are issued to supplement food intake  when placed in extreme conditions where no food facilities exist. This is a good example of where Occupational Health and Safety is paramount when placed in these extreme conditions. Loss of Life can be the ultimate price to pay.

 

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Dragline Maintenance Post Flooding

Dragline Maintenance Post Flooding | OHS Quest 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
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This photo of Robert depicts the cleanup of oils, chemicals, metres of mud and debris to wade through to start cleaning up of this $250 million dragline. Draglines play a vital role in the mining industry by uncovering overburden to uncover coal seams. This worker not only having to contend with a cocktail of chemicals but this flooded environment also houses a number of snakes of which bites can be lethal. The oils and chemicals can escape causing serious long term health effects on humans.  The protective personal clothing worn is  to protect the skin from carcinogenic effects from the oils and chemicals which had been dispersed into the  dragline house during flood. Hazardous areas, working in confined spaces, working at heights whilst being exposed to hazardous chemicals resulting in chemical skin burns , snakes, slips trips and falls just to mention a few hazards. Workplace Health and safety is vital to ensure this worker goes home in the same condition he came to work in.

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Gas Wells and Health and Safety

Gas Wells and Health and Safety | OHS Quest 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
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The first safety issue for Tye is working in Hazardous areas -  gas due to it's explosive and volatile  energy properties. The main safety considerations  when working in this environment is isolation from the following:  nothing flammable, no radios, no electrical equipment, no mobile phones, no lighters, no ignition sources near or surrounding the gas wells themselves. 

The second hazard is heat and sun exposure in this arid part of the country. Wearing the correct personal protective equipment, sunscreen  and  keeping hydrated by ensuring adequate water intake.

Shift work and fatigue can have its effects as a three week one one week off rotation is worked. The shift length is usually 12 hours per wring day , possibly in extreme weather conditions.

This worker performs in an electrical capacity, so electrical safe working coupled together with working in a hazardous area can be potentially fatal. Workplace health and safety plays a vital function in ensuring this worker goes home  to his family at the end of his rotation.

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Quest 3 - Training - training.gov.au - UETSS00029 - Refresher - Perform Rescue from a Live LV Panel and CPR

Quest 3 - Training - training.gov.au - UETSS00029 - Refresher - Perform Rescue from a Live LV Panel and CPR | OHS Quest 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
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As a licensed electrician  working on a mine site,  Tony  is required to update  the 2 following training competencies every 6 months (in Qld) to keep his qualification current and  lawful in Qld . The 2 refreshers required are:

1. HLTCPR211A Perform CPR

2. UETTDRRF06B Perform rescue from a live LV panel

Safety observers or competent assistants must also complete this training annually.

This training course providesTony with the  essential skills to manage a casualty involved in an electrical accident which requires  rescue from a live Low Voltage panel. In the event the casualty requires CPR Tony will have the lifesaving skills and knowledge to manage the situation until Emergency Services arrive. 

 

 

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Quest 3 - MIRMgate : Mining Industry Resource Management

Quest 3  - MIRMgate : Mining Industry Resource Management | OHS Quest 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
MIRMgate is a not for profit initiative of the University of Queensland to provide the minerals industry with comprehensive safety information.
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The Mining Industry Resource Management (MIRMgate) website is a great source of free information covering  a wide range of topics from  heat stress, fatigue, safety, incidents, standards and legislation to cover a few. This site  has a wealth of information which collaborate with findings fem large complains, government bodies.  

This website will be beneficial to Tony offering mining industry specialised information  in order to manage risks in the mining industry along with how to guides for prevention.

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Quest 3 Main Character - Mine Site Electrical Work

Quest 3 Main Character - Mine Site Electrical Work | OHS Quest 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
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Safety is key. Tony is performing a check on  the electrical switch operation on a mine site in the Bowen Basin located in Central Queensland. Testing and proving " dead " before proceeding to repair this electrical equipment is a safety critical task.  Electrical current exposes workers to a serious occupational hazard. Electrical injuries consist of electrocution (fatal), electric shock, burns, and falls caused as a result of contact with electrical energy.  Mine site electrical work is performed in conjunction with working at heights ( high voltage power lines), working in confined spaces, in and around conveyor belts and around very large moving machinery. This poses potential crush and pinch point hazards. 

Fatigue, sun and  heat stress are factors which may also affect health as shift work in extreme heat conditions apply adding complexity to this workers environment.  Remaining safe, being safe and  thinking safe allows Tony to return home to his family  when his rotation for the week is completed.

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Physiotherapy

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Alana is in the physiotherapy field, the main health and safety consideration is being exposed to musculoskeletal injuries due to overuse. Positioning is important for the therapist whilst assessing and treating patients. As displayed above the therapist is bent over the patient, many times per day, many hours per day. In addition the therapist is also bearing patients weight in treatments, testing patients muscular strength through assessments and manipulating joints and muscles - this makes their posture important in order to adhere to workplace health and safety to ensure both patient and therapist are unharmed. Being emotionally stable is an important part of the job to support patients through pain barriers whilst treatments are taking place. To put this in prospective OHS protocols are vital to protect both therapist and patients.

 

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Shunting in the Rail Industry

Shunting in the Rail Industry | OHS Quest 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
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The rail industry  has been in existence in Australia for well over 100 years. Putting trains together in a consist is a task called Shunting and is  performed in yards and out on track . As depicted in the photo Jarrod is Attaching/Detaching wagons, connecting air hoses through the train so the train can brake, critical for train safety.. The  health and safety concerns is this role ranges from  crush injuries, musculoskeltal injuries through to slip, trips and falls. In the past death or dismemberment from crush injuries  was more common than necessary. 

Fatigue, heat and cold stress and shift work  plays a major role, as the work is performed in the elements 365 days a year, 24 hours per day. 

Moving rail traffic and working in close proximity to moving rail traffic is a hazard which requires the worker to remain focussed on the task at hand to ensure safety  of self and work mates.  The safety culture in this industry is of top importance. If its not safe -  don't do it. 

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