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WorkSafeBC Safety at Work Construction Information - Fri May 9, 2014

WorkSafeBC Safety at Work Construction Information - Fri May 9, 2014 | Differing industries and related OHS | Scoop.it
WorkSafe BC, Worksafe, Construction safety for information for BC.
Construction safety information, injury and illness prevention resources, and health and safety news.
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The WorkSafeBC site has lots of information especially under the regulation and guidelines tab. This tab opens up links to dozens of regulations and guidelines relating to the construction industry, including very specific guidelines such as dealing with electrical equipment of lines, noise, vibration, radiation and temperature, working with tools and equipment, as well as detailed codes of practice focusing on dealing with codes of practice! This site really is the ultimate for regulations and guidelines within the construction industry (as well as many other industries).

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Codes of practice - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

A code of practice provides practical guidance for people who have work health and safety duties about how to achieve the standards required under the Act, and about effective ways to identify and manage risks.
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This page includes lots of other important documents regarding reduction to hazards relating to Nathan's construction workplace. The big, blatant hazards such as manual handling and risk of falls all are encompassed within these codes of practice, as well as lesser thought of risks such as noise prevention and working with hazardous chemicals that may be found in the workplace. First aid, working in confined spaces, as well as working with children and young workers that may be on work experience are all included in this informative page.

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OHS (Workplace health and safety) | australia.gov.au

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The Government of Australia has set in place specific guidelines and models for safe practice within different industries in Australia. In Nathan's case, there are many potential hazards he must navigate each day. The government also has set up procedures and pathways for when injury does occur, and these are linked on this page as well. Information about safety events coming up can be linked from this site, as well as rehabilitation and compensation routes.

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Construction - Safe Work Australia

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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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In relation to Nathan's workplace, the models embedded within this page show clearly the code's of practice that he should follow when carrying out certain tasks. There are clear cut models for everything from construction and excavation work, through to preventing falls. the construction industry poses many potential risks that Nathan has to navigate every day, and this page will give him the knowledge that he needs to ensure he works in a safe and effective manner.

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Pharmacist

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Pharmacy - Duncan Stewart.

The public role of the pharmacist has changed somewhat over the years. In the past the pharmacist was an integral part of the community in terms of health care. They are often now perceived almost as a machine, churning out drugs to customers prescription orders. In Duncan's heyday and for the most part today, the Pharmacist had to have an extensive knowledge of all drugs and ingredients used in his workplace. Failure to have a complete knowledge of both actions and interactions of all substances used could mean disaster for both staff and for patients. The occupational health and safety potential risks involved for not getting correct dosages or ratios absolutely correct include serious illness or death of patient, or even potential explosion, contact with acids or bases, splashes to eyes or open wounds, radiation as well as other substance abuse possibilities.

Generic hazards also come into play, with labelling of equipment paramount, keeping a tidy workplace to avoid trips and spills, and manual handling guidelines. Pharmacists also are often on their feet for potentially the entire shift, so fatigue and even back problems need to be considered.

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Safe Construction

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Building Apprenticeship - Nathan Boto.

Occupational Health and Safety in the construction industry includes obvious risks that need to be taken into account every day. Nathan's Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) includes steel capped boots, hard hat, gloves and protective eyewear. Nathan also must ensure consideration is given to activities such as walking on rooftops or on framework, securing ladders and being careful to keep activities close to the centre of gravity (such as avoiding reaching out with heavy nail guns) to avoid back strain. Lifting heavy equipment, as always, needs to be done correctly. Sun safety is also a consideration, as Nathan frequently spends whole days in the hot Tropic of Capricorn sun. Keeping hydrated is paramount to performing under these circumstances. Driver safety getting too and from work, as well as on jobs transporting equipment, is part of the construction industry risk assessment.

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Home - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Home - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland | Differing industries and related OHS | Scoop.it
Find information on work health and safety in Queensland, including information for industry, legislation, penalties, obligations, licensing and training
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The Queensland Government has provided all in one place the information that Nathan will need for his work in the construction industry. Whether that be in housing construction, or asbestos removal, or any other area of Nathan's day to day life, there are a multitude of hazards he must be prepared for. This site has many resources (including short films) that explain procedures and protocols when coming in contact with these hazards, making sure that the workplace is as safe as possible.

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Engineering Safety

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Mechanical/Electrical Engineer - Tim Stewart.

Engineering is a career that has the potential to span many environments and workplaces. Tim has worked at several different power stations over the past few years, and each one under a slightly different role. Since graduating as an Electrical Engineer, Tim has worked for Rio Tinto, Stanwell as well a hydro station in NSW as a Mechanical Engineer. Different workplaces involve different specific risks depending on the role. PPE is a part of Tim's every day apparel, with safety boots, hard hat, high visibility clothing and safety eyewear. If working in his office, Tim follows much the same OH&S considerations as other businessmen. When down on the station floor, Tim must follow strict safety protocols that ensure both his safety and the continued smooth operation of the station itself.

When down amongst the constructions within the station complex, Tim must follow signs warning of sheer drops and hot objects. Knowing safety protocols such as fire drills and emergency shut down procedures is paramount to staff safety. Working with electricity and moving parts is an everyday activity, so care must be taken to ensure all parts are both up to date and handled in a safe manner.

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Office hazards

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Project Managing - Craig Stewart.

In the office environment, there are several unique Occupational Health and Safety considerations to be aware of. Potential hazards such as electrical cables, lumbar support in chairs and knowing fire exits and drills come into the fray. Craig said that, even though it might seem common sense, things such as coffee machines and hot/cold taps pose potential risk. Correctly labelling such things with "hot" or "cold" as well as leaving the tap correctly turned back to 'cold' can save a lot of unnecessary injuries. Electrical cables must be tested and tagged by an electrician to ensure their working ability has not been compromised, which could cause fire and/or serious injury.

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Music/Primary/Secondary teaching

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Teaching primary and secondary students - Danielle Boto.

Occupational health and safety in the school environment pose unique risks as well as generic hazards seen in almost all work places. Working with students and being responsible for them means including all of the students hazards in the teachers own risk assessment. Excursions to differing areas of the community pose greater potential risk. Instrumental music teaching specifically has the potential hazard of manual handling of bigger instruments (such as a tuba). The job description usually also entails rehearsals at lunch hours, meaning both the teacher and the student need to be aware of when they can eat food to ensure they are not being overworked.

Generic risks such as trips and falls can be avoided by keeping a tidy workplace, and with young children this can be difficult. Ensuring correct footwear and uniform assists in safe footing. Another aspect to consider is keeping up to date with first aid and CPR, as well as having an active management plan for children with known severe allergies. As always, don't run on the concrete!

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