This article is discussing how Australian workers are increasingly feeling the pressure of stress at work; with 54 per cent of workers experiencing stress-related illnesses. Stress has been greatly on the increase for Australian workers. This has caused employees finishing work and coming home to work-related worries, resulting in sleepless nights; which therefore is affecting people’s personal lives and their next day at work. This is an increasing safety issue for workers, as the demands and expectations of job descriptions are getting alot higher; resulting in workers becoming tired, depressed and fatigue. This is because they have to put a lot more hours into their job; which therefore sacrifices their personal lives. In the future as an OHS officer I would love to be able to create new and better safety standards where workers can still handle their job description without the added extra stress. This can be done by creating structural changes in the workplace, such as, providing employees with flexible working; which will provide them with more freedom and control over their working lives. By alleviating the pressure on workers, businesses will start to see the benefits of better productivity and reduced absenteeism. For safety reasons your job life needs to be balanced with your personal life, for you to achieve the very best at your job description.
This is a very interesting and suspicious article due the fact that there have been three deaths at the Tasmanian mine, in only the past six weeks!! Only last month two men had died after falling from a platform in the main shaft, whilst completing maintenance work. This time the third man had died from a mud rush, which is a sudden inflow of mud from underground openings. The numerous deaths at the mine have caused a great concern to the workplace safety officers; as a result it has been investigated into very thoroughly. This incident and investigation interests me in my future career, as I would love to be able to find the main cause of the accident and how to prevent it from occurring again. Sometimes new Health and Safety laws may need to be created for future prevention, as the previous laws may not have been followed correctly, taken seriously, or, there already were limited safety regulations in the first place.
Another excellent video on the topic of reducing workplace injuries and improving their safety performances. This video discusses how there is not just one main aspect in reducing workplace incidents. There are so many factors in regards to reducing safety failures, whether it’s the training, leadership, industry, environment, equipment etc. There are just so many issues that have to be considered when it comes to minimising injuries. This topic is of great interest to me, as I enjoy studying and researching the different kinds of aspects that have an impact on Health and Safety. I find it really interesting knowing that there are so many factors involved in safety not just the equipment being at fault.
Ontario mining health and safety review public consultation dates announced Canadian Occupational Safety Members agreed to create working groups to examine the Internal Responsibility System (IRS) in the mining sector, to explore the ability of the...
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This article examines different issues of health and safety that occur in the mining sector; it also analyses new and more effective ways to help ensure a stronger and safer working environment. This article greatly interests me as the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) for Ontario is in control of the Health and Safety issues for this committee. Through my hard work and studies hopefully one day I will get this far and be able to achieve these kind of goals. I would greatly enjoy being able to create new health and safety guidelines that workers could easily always obey, and for them to think that coming to work is not such a hassle. These days alot of workers only follow the Health and Safety standards if they are being analysed or told to do so. Through my line of work I want to try and change the OHS image from workers believing it’s a waste of time to follow, it's uncomfortable and it's too time consuming. I want to try and create standards that help illuminate these factors but at the same time the new standards will be putting the safety of the workers first.
Occupational Health and Safety information session held at BCIT, September 24, 2013.
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This is an informative video discussing the basic everyday health and safety standards that occur in a workplace, and also how they can be disregarded. I believe this video is worth acknowledging, as alot of the time companies/workplaces can overlook the everday safety issues, and only concentrate on the major ones. By workplaces not enforcing these issues, creates unsafe working conditions; which affects workers health and productivity. As a whole all the employers/employees in the workplace have to work together to keep the workpalce safe. There is no 'I'' in 'Team'. Safety responsibilities is a team effort, and does not just result in one individual making all the decisions.
This article is analysing the issue of an incident, where an underground loader operating between and ore pass and a crusher tipple collided with a light vehicle. The two occupants of the light vehicle suffered minor injuries, however there was potential for serious or fatal injuries to occur in the future. The reason this incident had occurred, was due to the loader operator failing to see the light vehicle passing through the tunnel in front of him, resulting in a head on collision. This is a great topic of interest for me in the OHS field, as in the future when I become a Health and Safety officer I will have to design original and new ways for these kinds of injuries to be prevented. In this particular case there are many issues that would need to be dealt with. I believe in the mining sector there is one issue that isn’t generally considered, which is the workers capability's, there strengths and weaknesses. Mine management's should consider undergoing a safety culture survey in order to assess, understand and quantify the workers perceptions, and their attitude towards risk taking behaviour, and the subsequent management thereof. When dealing with Health and Safety issues, it is extremely important to include the whole workplace in these decisions, as these choices affect everyone in the committee, not just the frontline management sector.
This article is underlying the issue of schools being under too much pressure over the absurd Occupational Health and Safety regulations, which are being put in place in the workplace. This becomes a major issue, as staff will then start to feel over-burdened with the increasing level of safety-related demands. For example, the laws state that students are no longer aloud to bring their own sunscreen or liquid paper to school; along with principles being forced to keep a record of the number of glue sticks, and the kinds of chemicals and toxins that are found in the equipment that’s being used. As an OHS student, I believe that these safety regulations are ineffective and inappropriate as most likely no one will obey by them. As a OHS officer it is your job to create safety laws that are reasonable and effective, without being so time consuming that the demands are going to take over the workers initial job; in this case teaching. I believe that these regulations have gone too far; as staff will have to start working significantly longer hours at work, because of the OHS demands being put in place. These types of demands will force the workers to have to fill out hundreds of pages of OHS forms, and spend hours of time having to research the types of chemicals that are in their everyday equipment. As a result these working hours can become a major safety issue, as workers can start to become tired and fatigue; which could put themselves along with other staff members and students at risk. Staff members will have less time for the job that they are paid to do. There are Australian safety standards for the sale of chemical products, which means these safety procedures for chemicals products at the school are unnecessary.
This video provides you with important career advice on becoming a Health and Safety Manager and what it involves. This job title involves developing a strategy for health and safety management for workplaces, to operate in a complement fashion. This video greatly interests me as in my future work; I would love to be able to manage the sector of health and safety for different workplaces. I would enjoy a job of this description, as I believe it would provide me with alot of variety, dealing with different people and exposure to how a workplace is run. As a result this would broaden my horizons of OHS, and would allow me to understand what occurs in the different sectors of the business, not just the health and safety side. It would be a great learning and development stand point for my career.
China's mining industry is the most dangerous in the world with the highest death rate; therefore the industrys safety standards need to be increased greatly. Even though there has been an improvment from 2009 - 2010 with less death rates, there still needs to be alot more enforcement on this issue. Sadly, the result of these 29 deaths could have been easily prevented. The mine bosses that were in control of this particular mine, were seeking to limit their economic losses to gain profit for the year. This topic greatly interests me as the issue of economics and how it can affect companies, can have an impact on health and safety standards. During my field of future work, I would love to be able to investigate and create new ways and cheaper ways for companies to easily meet all safety measures.
Everyone has the right to go to work and get home in one piece. Too many people die as a result of workplace accidents and heaps more get injured. The union ...
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This video provides viewers with a wonderful insight in how committees can run effectively in the workplace. It explains to you that regardless of people's power or authority committees are set up to perform needed functions and can and do make significant contributions to the successful running of many orgnaistions. Safety committees or health and safety committees are an important part of many organistion strategies to deal with the most important issue of workplace safety. Creating a well balanced, fair and organised committee within the workplace, will provide workers with a safe working environment ; as the workplace safety standards will be met.
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