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Matt Pollock - Project Manager

Matt Pollock - Project Manager | OHS Quests | Scoop.it

Matt is a project manager, he spends allot of his work time sitting stationary at his desk. He believes one of the biggest Occupational Health and Safety risks he faces in his position is repetitive strain injury (RSI). 

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As you can see, Matts work environment isn't the most plush office available. He can find himself in slap together offices all across the state. Ergonomics and repetitive strain injuries are always in the back of his mind. 

 

As a project manager, Matt spends allot of time on the phone and in front of the computer. He tries to eliminate the risk of RSI by taking time away from his desk and stretching at regular intervals. 

 

At times Matt is also called upon in the feild. As a project manager for a civil engineering group, he is required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to minimize the risk of injury whilst he is on site.Whilst on site, Matt wears a hard hat, a high visibility vest, eye protection and steel cap boots. By wearing this PPE, Matts risk to things such as: crushing injuries, injury from falling objects, and collision, is minimized. 

 

 

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Simon Price- Personal Trainer and Boot camp Leader

Simon Price- Personal Trainer and Boot camp Leader | OHS Quests | Scoop.it

Meet Simon, he is a personal trainer and boot camp leader. He believes one of the biggest concerns to his health and safety and that of his clients is the risk of Slips, trips and falls. Personal training isn't a highly regulated industry and the company he is employed by contracts trainers with their own Australian business numbers. Part of his job is ensuring that his contractors know their Occupational Health and Safety responsibilities. 

Kate Vagg's insight:

Some of those responsibilities are; ensuring all equipment is in good working order, that all trip hazards are clearly marked, disinfecting all equipment between sessions, and carrying out risk assessments of the area before commencing a class. 

 

Simon and his team strive to keep injury to a minimum by ensuring that they supervise all clients and ensure that they are using the correct technique. Performing the exercises with the correct technique is important as it reduces the risk of sprains or strains. 

 

Simon and the other trainers ensure that their training and education is up to date, this way they are using the most current and approved methods and training techniques. 

 

General house keeping is also important in creating a safe work environment. Making sure the floors are clean and dry, that all high visibility or hazard tape is still in place, and that all equipment is clean and in good working order is a task that is completed daily. 

 

Simon is passionate about creating a safe and clean environment in his gym because,"Fitness is fun, its not about where you are, its about where your going."

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Adam Sleeman- Hairdressing Apprentice

Adam Sleeman- Hairdressing Apprentice | OHS Quests | Scoop.it

This is Adam. He is a hairdressing apprentice who says one of the biggest Occupation Health and Safety (OHS) issues he deals with on a daily basis, is chemical handling. As well as mixing peroxide and colours he also handles chemicals such as barbacide, used in disinfecting utensils. Other OHS issues Adam also reports in his work environment include sharps, health and hygiene factors and ergonomics. 


 

Kate Vagg's insight:

Adams workplace, like any other has a number of Occupational Health and Safety concerns. There are a number of chemicals being used on a daily basis, sharps being used and disposed of, and any number of physical injuries can occur. On the day of my speaking with Adam he was sporting a band aid after cutting his finger with his scissors. 

 

Safety Data Sheets are available for all chemicals used in his salon as per Hazardous Substance Code of Practise 2003, as well as having data sheets available, the salon also stores all chemicals as per directed by the manufacturer.

 

Sharp utensils are used regularly. Adam told me about the training he had been given regarding the correct positioning of scissors and razors to ensure the correct cutting style and minimisation of the risk of injury to himself and the client. Adams salon also has a sharps container to dispose of used razor blades correctly. 

 

Hairdressing is taxing on the body as most hairdressers are on their feet for long periods of time and are constantly bending and lifting there arms above their heads. These movements can induce injuries such as repetitive strain injury, carpal tunnel, and in some instances hip displacia. As a part of his learning Adam is taught that good posture and regular exercise along with taking the time to sit and rest your feet and legs is important in reducing overuse injuries. In his salon they also have the use of stools to reduce the time they are bending over. 

 

After my discussion with Adam, the next time I walk into a salon I will be looking at it in an entirely different way. 

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Dropped Object Injury and Fatality Statistics | Pro 3 Products Pty Ltd

Dropped Object Injury and Fatality Statistics | Pro 3 Products Pty Ltd | OHS Quests | Scoop.it
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Alarming statistics, considering the amount of High Rise work going on in the region. 

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Tragic effects of workplace bullying

Tragic effects of workplace bullying | OHS Quests | Scoop.it
A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry into workplace bullying heard “impact statements” from 18 victims and family members of workplace bullying on Friday.
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The absolutely devastating effects that workplace bullying can have. In this case it seems there is a culture of workplace bullying that needs to be attended to. With education about the consequences bullying can have on people, it is hoped that this behaviour can be controlled. 

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New technology for mine safety trialled at Rolleston mine

New technology for mine safety trialled at Rolleston mine | OHS Quests | Scoop.it
IT’S like cruise control but in reverse.
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The implementation of this technology could see a decrease in the instances of driver error causing accidents on the mine site. I look forward to hearing how this develops in the future. I also wonder how this affects those employees operating the vehicles under this new system. Does it add an extra element for them to be thinking about while operating their vehicles? Could this then pose a safety risk in itself? 

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Occupational hygienist - Profiles - Cool Jobs - Ace Day Jobs

Occupational hygienist - Profiles - Cool Jobs - Ace Day Jobs | OHS Quests | Scoop.it
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Busting myths about the world of Occupational Hygienists. 

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Hazardous Chemical and Biological Tool - YouTube

http://safetyhub.co.nz/training/hazardous-chemical-and-biological-tool This database provides chemical and biological information on managing hazardous mater...
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What a great tool, for OHS professionals and the employees they are helping to protect. 

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Josh & Charles - Rescue Paramedics

Josh & Charles - Rescue Paramedics | OHS Quests | Scoop.it

"As a rescue officer, safety is a large part of my day to day work activity" Josh McAnulty,2014. Josh and Charles are Rescue Paramedics in the mining industry. Whether it be training, testing equipment or responding to real emergencies their focus is always on safety. This includes not only the obvious hazards, but also ones that are not expected.

Kate Vagg's insight:

Charles and Josh are the people that we call upon to deal with situations that have been caused by a hazard. These hazards, in themselves, also introduce additional hazards into the environment.

 

Risk assessment is a very important aspect of the job. Both Josh and Charles need to ensure that they have minimised any risk that may be present whilst helping those in need. 

 

Their roles encompass; patient care, maintaining and checking response equipment, responding to emergencies, vehicle rescue, rescue from heights and confined spaces, assisting with safety audits and drug and alcohol testing.

 

Both the mining industry and paramedics industry are highly regulated. There are many codes of practise and legislations to abide by. The Work Health and Safety Act 2012 has an approved First Aid Code of Practise in Section 247 of the act.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heather Birt- Cleaner

Heather Birt- Cleaner | OHS Quests | Scoop.it

This is Heather. Heather is a commercial and domestic cleaner. Her roles varies from doing activities such as dusting, to washing the outside of houses. In the picture provided she is carrying out a mould removal. Heather believes that one of the biggest Occupational Health and Safety issue she has to deal with at work is slips, trips and falls and exposure to chemicals.

Kate Vagg's insight:

In Heathers workplace there are a number of risks involved in her job. She enters private residences, whose owners are not always so concerned about Occupational Health and Safety. Before starting a job, Heather makes sure that she has minimized the risk of tripping by removing objects from the area she is working in. She uses wet floor signs to warn her fellow employees and clients that the floor may be slippery and ensures that any chemicals she is using is out of the general area she is working in. 

 

When washing down the outside of houses and performing mould removals Heather uses Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplied by her employer. She said that she is supplied with gloves, safety glasses, and hats. Heathers employer also provides sunscreen whilst working outdoors. 

 

Heather works with a number of electrical appliances, which her boss ensures are tested and tagged yearly to ensure they are fit for use and all chemicals in the workplace are labelled as per the Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals Code of Practice 2011. 

 

Heather very rarely works on her own, she says "my boss thinks its safer if there is two of us, as we can keep an eye on each other, especially if we are using ladders"

 

Whilst there are a great number of risks to Heathers health and safety in her job, her employer and her fellow team members do a good job of minimizing the risk and remaining vigilant. When I asked Heather if there had been any injuries in the workplace, her reply was, "none that I can recall". 

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In my quest to guide Heather towards a safer workplace, I have found the following resources that will be effective in opening up a better understanding of safety in the workplace and provide some guidance to becoming compliant under workplace health and safety regulations. 

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Symbols Have Power - Safety and Risk Management

Symbols Have Power - Safety and Risk Management | OHS Quests | Scoop.it
Symbols Have Power Really interesting article by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com – only for Safety People who like to “think outside the square” LOL One of the most overlooked yet important factors in safety culture influence is the power of symbols. The psychological significance of symbols and the embodiment of values in symbols are …
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Could achieving a safer workplace lay in the hands of Symbols? I think, when used in the correct location or for the right purpose, that having signs in the workplace could be an effective method of reminding people of the dangers around them. People take in information in a manner of different ways, and having a visual image to tie to specific safety rule or regulation could make the workplace a safer place. 

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Australians worried depression will cost them their jobs: study

Australians worried depression will cost them their jobs: study | OHS Quests | Scoop.it
Australians fear they will be sacked if their employer knows they have depression, research shows.
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The role of Occupational hygienists is important in assessing the risks, identifying treatments, and educating managers and supervisors about the potential for depression amongst their workers and what symptoms to look out for. As said in the article, having a mental health safe workplace is the law, under the Occupation Health and Safety legislation. It is time we start breaking down the barriers and fostering a culture in the workplace more accepting of these conditions. 

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Mine bosses slammed over contractors becoming safety victims

Mine bosses slammed over contractors becoming safety victims | OHS Quests | Scoop.it
MINE bosses are under fire from Queensland’s top safety officials for not taking enough care in dealing with contractors working on the state’s operations.
Kate Vagg's insight:

This article seems to indicate that there are people in the workplace that have accidents due to "acts of stupidity". However in reality those accidents occurred because they disregarded the rules put in place to prevent such incidents occurring. This article also seems to be indicating that contractors don't have as rigid safety requirements as others in the workplace. Is this the case? Or is someone trying to pass the proverbial buck?

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Workplace bullying guides in place instead of Code of Practice | Diary of a Workcover VictimDiary of a Workcover Victim

Workplace bullying guides in place instead of Code of Practice | Diary of a Workcover VictimDiary of a Workcover Victim | OHS Quests | Scoop.it
Kate Vagg's insight:

Putting in a guide to workplace bullying is a good start. However if we are to truly create an environment safe for the mental well being of employees, they need to look at introducing a bullying code of practice. This is something that I would like to be a part of in the future. 

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The Work Life Balance - YouTube

The perils of failing to balance work and life.
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How does your work life balance effect your productivity at work? This is something that resonates with me. It is important for the psychological health of both the employee and their families. 

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