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OHS QUEST 4-Mission 1

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After looking at other students scoop it links from quest 1 it is feasible to say that we are all so different in our ways of thinking and what we want to achieve in our future. This is a great learning cure for all especially seeing other peoples aspects on different issues, and what each person wants to achieve in there lives is very interesting/ exciting. 

 

I have learnt a lot from the task of quest 1, by finding out all different situations (good and bad) and there outcomes in the world of paramedics. What I will take with me from this exercise is remembering when I'm out on practical and in the future when i get a job as a paramedic all the manual handling, infection control measures and safety points when handling patients (especially aggressive patients). 

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OHS QUEST 3 Workplace safety - manual handling injuries - Better Health Channel

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Matthew, truck driver/trade assistant,with structural mechanical steel department.

 

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This article is about injury prevention in regards to the lifting of heavy materials. It also explains what the correct lifting procedures are and how the incorrect can be identified and what can happen when lifting incorrectly. This is also important for matthew's job as he does a lot of heavy lifting, if he does not be careful and is not aware of correct lifting techniques and what his limits are then there is an increased risk of injury. These lifting requirements are standard for any job and managers, employees should all be aware of these and have gone through the significant training before going out on the field (the workplace). 

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OHS QUEST 3 Heat stress - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Matthew, truck driver/trade assistant with structural mechanical steel department.

 

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Heat stress/heat stroke is another huge factor in matthew's workplace because it get's up to 50degrees celsius during the summer and in the minuses in winter. There have been a couple of people pass away due to severe heat stroke at the camp at Roma. 

 

This article explains what exactly heat stress (exhaustion)/heat stroke is what the signs and symptoms are and how it can be prevented. 

 

The environment plays a big in role in heat such as;

high air temperatureshigher relative humidity levelslow air movementradiant heat from plant (dryer, oven, furnace) or processes such as smelting, molten metalsradiant heat from working outdoors in the sun.

 

By knowing the signs and symptoms and knowing how to treat heat exhaustion would be great knowledge for everyone who works out there in those conditions. Also by making sure that are drinking at least 1 litre of water every hour and having small breaks every 20 minutes or so and having small snacks  through out the day to stay hydrated and replenished is good management. 

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OHS Quest 2

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Pamela, operations support administrator and office manager.Gas pipeline roma.

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Pam's title is operations support administrator and office manager of the gas pipelines in Roma. Pam managers all of the flights, bus travel and accommodation on site. As office manager I look after the procurement of the office like furniture, stationery, office communications. Manage IT and communications, phones, internet, computers, printers etc. Pam also oversees the running of the accommodation in 2 camps for 480 people at any one time.


Pam also works long hours 10-12 hours a day every for 21 days, as roster is three weeks on one week off, this can cause fatigue due to the long hours with no breaks in between the 21 days. 


Sitting all day in an office and looking at a computer screen can cause eye strain, muscle cramps and pain. To relieve these Pam stretches and has short walks around the office to get the circulation moving again. 

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OHS Quest 2

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Matthew, truck driver/trade assistant with structural mechanical steel department. 

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Matthew is a truck driver/ trade assistant out in the Roma mines, this means that he works three weeks on (21days straight) and has one week off (7days off) working 10-12 hour days everyday. 


Matthew can be setting up the welding equipment for the carbon steel pipes. He can be using various machines like telehandlers, hiab cranes or picking up and delivering equipment to various remote sites.


The risks for Matthew are much greater, like crushed fingers/limbs, falling into trenches, being injured from equipment. Heat stress and dehydration, temperatures can get into the 50 s in summer and the minus's in winter. There was a bush fire out there a couple of weeks ago that burnt 400 hectares, and guys were called in to volunteer to fight it. 


Matthew needs to make sure that he drinks plenty of water as he is out in the 50degree 10-12hours, this is to minimise heat stroke and heat exhaustion, other workmen out there have died because of this. He also attends the gym on station everyday to stay fit and keep his mind occupied on something else other than work because there is not a lot to do out there (not that you have much time to yourself anyway) and once you are onsite you are not allowed off again until your 21 days are up. 

 
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Crystal, Manager of produce section of woolworths on the sunshine coast

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This is Crystal she is the manager for the produce section of woolworths on the sunshine coast. She works hard and long hours and jobs range from,

- unpacking of crates/boxes from delivery truck

- re-stocking of produce on shop floor

- staking crates/boxes for removal 

- cleaning, 

to admin work including,

- writing of rosters

- wages,

- ordering produce

- managing staff

- and making sure overall produce section is up to the specific woolworths standards at all times.

 

Hazards in this workplace vary from,

- lifting of heavy boxes and crates to and from truck and to shop floor

- slip hazards on shop floor

- trip hazards in back room.

 

Crystal has injured herself at work from climbing on to a crate to reach for something and the crate had fallen whilst she was still standing on it,  resulting in her hitting her head and hurting her back. Crystal was then referred to her manager for explanation of why she did it? and why shouldn't do that in the future? Retraining and reminding of the 'best practice' and hazards in the work place. 

 

Crystal also does some office work (jobs mentioned above), she does find that the use of the computer for hours results in eye strains and back and arm pains later. She resolves these issues by having a stretch and coming back to the desk jobs later in the day after a short break. 

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Ambulance waits ;The paramedics put patient safety first

Barbara Hakin, deputy chief executive of NHS England, has said it is "sometimes in the best interest of patients' safety that they remain in the ambulance af...
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This article is about the back log of patients waiting in ambulances and in hospitals to get a bed in the Emergency ward. They discuss that if there are more ambulances waiting in line at hospital there are less out on road ready for the next emergency, which is very true. The patients who are critically ill are attended to first. The amount of beds available in the emergency ward of the hospital also depends on the availability of beds in the wards as most patients are transferred to other wards in the hospital for further investigation and other patients in emergency are good enough to be sent home the next day or the same day etc. 

 

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Paramedics Attacked By Man Yelling About High Cost Of Ambulances

January 28, 2013 KONG TV News . FILMMAKER WORK SAMPLE --- What looks like a guy just going nuts in Vegas turns out to be a serious case of a military vet wit...
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This article is about the physical and verbal abuse that is currently happening to paramedics in chicago. They are there to help the patient but they are being abused/assaulted on the job. 

 

There is no self defence classes at the moment in the ambulance service in America but there are private lessons that paramedics are taking at there choice, to be more aware of how to handle these situations and for self defence. 

 

I think that this is important as assault is definitely on the rise and not just in America but in Australia to, and we all need to know how to handle these situations and what we can do for self defence if a patient was to become violent towards the paramedic. 

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Swim safe this summer | Queensland Ambulance Service

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QAS Gold Coast Local Ambulance Service Network (LASN) Assistant Commissioner Dee Taylor-Dutton said paramedics have already responded to 347 drowning incidents across Queensland this year, with 61 of…...

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This article explains how important swim safety is especially since it is approaching the hotter weather. That guardians/parents need to supervise there children when around water at all times not just in a pool but anywhere near water, and what to do if something goes wrong. How to perform correctly CPR whilst they are waiting for the paramedics to arrive, this is especially important as it can make a big difference between survival and death. 

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TE-ARN MYERS's curator insight, March 2, 2014 5:48 AM

All parents and pool owners should have a first aid certificate with CPR. Can mean the difference between life and death or permanent disability.  

Emma Petersen's curator insight, March 7, 2014 11:27 PM

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.

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Queensland Ambulance Service - Graduate Paramedic job - Healthcare & Medical jobs - Allied job in Brisbane - CBD & Inner Suburbs | Aussie Healthcare Jobs

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Please note: this is a job number reserved for Graduate Paramedics who have completed university degrees as recognised by the Queensland Ambulance Ser (Queensland Ambulance Service - Graduate Paramedic http://t.co/lcdttzbivE...
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This is a job application saying that they the QAS were looking for graduate paramedics within Queensland and that parties who are interested to apply for the job and await further feedback on progress. 

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CPR Insurance Services

Matthew, truck driver/ trade assistant with structural mechanical steed department.

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This article discusses the importance of the wearing of protective clothing when welding is being performed, not just for the person that is doing the welding but also for other people who may be around in the same place were the welding is taken place. There are many risks involving welding such as the extensive heat, fumes particularly for gas welding. Everyone out at Roma gas pipe mine should be aware of these risks and how to keep protected to prevent injury and illnesses. 

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OHS QUEST 3 New_Heavy_Mobile_Equipment-2.pdf

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This article is about the potential injuries that can occur from the use of heavy mechanical machinery such as, scrapers, dozers, heavy haul trucks, graders and loaders. 

 

The potential injuries from over or misuse of these machines are musculoskeletal injuries which include the following,

injury or dysfunction of the muscles, bones, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilages and spinal discs, including: sprains, strains, tears, soreness, pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, hernias, and connective tissue injuries.


It also explains how these injuries can be prevented such as using the correct postures, being at the correct weight, strength, age and flexibility for the particular job etc. 


These factors will help in matthew's job because it gives guidelines and explains the correct use of the body and how to prevent injuries when using heavy machinery, which is what matthew does on a regular basis. 

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OHS QUEST 3 Fatigue is not just an on-road issue :: Transport industry - Successfully balancing benefits for injured workers and premiums for employers

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Matthew-truck driver/trade assistant with structural mechanical steel department.

 

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This article explains how important fatigue management is as a truck driver as well as in any other form of workplace. It also explains that fatigue is a significant factor in workplace and road accidents and needs to be addressed accordingly to reduce the amount incidents.

 

If employers and other workmen/women were made more aware of work fatigue then they can assess the warning signs of fatigue which are as follows;

· changes to appearance

· out of character behaviour

· incidents or damage to equipment or product

· noticeable difference in performance

- increased errors

- taking risks and/or short cuts

- increased absenteeism.

By having knowledge and noticing any of these in your fellow colleagues can reduce injuries and accidents from happening.

 

This information would be very useful to matthew's job as they work long hours (12 hours a day) and 21 days consecutively and work fatigue can be a big factor out at Roma.

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Kirsty, legal secretary Brisbane city

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Kirsty works as a legal secretary in brisbane city her job consists of a lot of sitting at the computer desk doing admin work. Because of all the sitting that she does during the day she has said that she gets a sore lower back. To relieve this she gets up every half an hour to stretch and walk around, the company has also employed people to walk around to the different officers and offer 15 minute massages to everyone when needed.  

 

The risks/hazards with this job are,

- sitting for prolonged amounts of time, causing muscle cramping and pain

- eye strain due to looking at computer screen and other documents for prolonged amounts of time

- risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

- fatigue

 

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This is Glenn he currently works as an electrician for a company called Big Ass Fans in Brisbane.  Glenn's job description includes,

- unpacking of stock from truck either manually or with a forklift

- checking the fans electrically for any faults and to make sure they are in correct working order

- lifting of boxes in to correct area of warehouse

- packing of fans ready for shipment, and 

- installing of fans.

Glenn also does office work these jobs can include,

- answering of phones

- salesmen

- ordering of stock

- handling customer complaints

- and debt collecting.

 

There are many potential hazards/ risks in this workplace including,

- trip hazards

- electritution

- crushed fingers/limbs from fallen boxes/crates/fans etc

- injuries from equipment.

 

Glenn had a leg injury (not work related) which stopped him from doing the labouring jobs that he usually does which meant more office work until his leg got better to begin labour work once again. If he had of kept working with the injured leg it would have gotten worse and could have resulted in further injury or injury to another part of the body. 

 

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Chronic shortage of paramedics jeopardising patient safety

Dial 999 for an ambulance - and the sound of that siren should be instantly reassuring. But what if there's no paramedic on board - and staff who've had just...
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This article is about the amount of training each person has had and how qualified they are. And that the less qualified ambulance people are attending and treating patients who should be alongside a qualified paramedic. 

 

Also explains the dangers that this promotes when the less trained staff are treating patients who are critically injured who need someone who has had significant training and posses the appropriate qualifications. 

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Keeping safe over the festive season- A message for our paramedics

A message from A/Chief Executive Mike Willis about the need for paramedics to be mindful of their safety over the busy festive season.
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This article explains the increase in violence towards paramedics and to each other, especially over the christmas season as there is usually more alcohol consumed in this festive season. And that violence can be physical and verbal. 

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Paige Moodie's curator insight, March 6, 2014 6:41 AM

I feel that it's great to see a powerful member of the NSW Ambulance Service stepping forward to highlight the increasing assault level on Paramedics during the festive season. Drug and alcohol abuse, particularly psycho-stimulants, are becoming more and more commonly seen and treated within the pre hospital emergency setting (Commonwealth of Australia, 2006). Agitation, aggression and violence (both verbal and physical) are quite common side affects displayed as a result of their ingestion (Commonwealth of Australia, 2006). Due to the fact that Paramedics are often responding to these patients in this type of environment, it isn't hard to understand why assaults on Paramedics can be common occurrences. Mr Willis is absolutely correct in stating that we should all look out for one another, because early detection of a hostile situation can be the best preventative in my opinion. If we can recognise the signs of risk and danger early, this may lower the amount of assaults. If the treating paramedic/s are injured, this then creates more patients and less effective health care for those in need. Lets hope that the tougher penalty on individuals being violent towards paramedics can also help to lower these incidences!

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Adrenaline Shots May Cause Long Term Harm

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Giving a pre-hospital shot of adrenaline, also known as epinephrine, to someone with cardiac arrest may help restore circulation in the short term, but could do them harm in the long term, accord...

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This article is discussing the effectiveness of the use of Adrenalin in an out of hospital cardiac arrest. It explains that in most cases in a cardiac arrest when adrenalin was used there was a significantly higher percentage of (ROSC) Return of Spontaneous Circulation than in patients who suffered a cardiac arrest and no adrenalin administered in the pre hospital environment. The chances of survival one month after the cardiac rest was quite slim as the article discusses that it can cause brain damage in some patients and decrease there survival rates. 

 

This is something that paramedics in the future will need to investigate. Is this drug worth the trouble in the long/short term post cardiac arrest? 

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Health and Safety information for Ambulance officer and paramedic - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

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