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Matthew Campton

Trainer asseso- Foxleigh Mine

 

While talkint to Matthew it was fair to assume that his job was so full on by having to do a number of job roles. Matthew is a trainer assesor, fill in supervisor and operates a digger.

 

1. Mathew is exposed to the risk of fatigue and is at risk of a serious injury and even death due to working long shifts at a time the orginisation can also be at risk due to loss of production time having to shut the mine down as an accident could occur or the down time due to having to replace or mix machinery. The control measures put into place to avoid thas consist of a 10 hour break between shifts, a lunch break every 5 hours and also a healthy diet and drinking lots of water.

 

2. The trainees are a hazard due to lack of knowlage/training about the machinery and are at risk of seriously injuring themselve or even death another great risk is the damage to the machinery. This occures due to an accident due to lack of knowlage/ training on machinery. This can be avoided by the control measures of each new employee has to undertake training in machinery and the work areas consisting in SOP training and before being  allowed to operate on site by themselves they have to be evaluated and passed out by a trainer assessor.

 

3. Matt is exposed to the hazard of pinch points resulting in the risk of serious injury. This can occur due to having to move parts on machinery. This can be avoided and has the control measures in place that consist of PPE- personal grooming making sure nothing is loose that can caught and with sinage.

 

My insight

Matthew works in such a high risk injury that so many policies and procedures are in place i think that the policies and procedures need to monitiored and rewiewd on a regular basis i also think that the health and sayety team needs to interact with the operators more rather than waiting for an incident to happen.

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Wayne Kuskie

Head plumber for QLD health

 

During the conversation i had with Wayne about his occupation he described me with a not so pretty state of working conditions at times but still seems to have lots of laughs and fun along the way with his fellow employees and trainees.

 

1. Wayne is exposed to the hazard of bodily fluid such as feces, urine and also blood putting him at risk of disease/infection. This can occur when working in close proxcimity to the infected or in the sink pipes, macerator machine and also the bed pan storage area. This can be avoided with control measures such as PPE- gloves, aprens, masks and general grooming such as hand washing.

 

2. Wayne is exposed to the hazard of working with heights putting him at risk of falling and seriously injuring himself and death. This can occur while roof plumbing and can be avoided with the control measures such as heights training, heights permits and also wearing a safety harness.

 

3. Wayne is exposed to the hazard of steam boilers butting him at risk of serious burns. This can occur while working on the steam boilers and has the control measures put into place such as PPE- leather aprens, leather gloves and face shields.

 

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Sara Gillan

Electronic Technition for the Australian Navy

 

After having a discussion with Sara about what occupational health and safety issues they encounter while working on the submarines i was suprised to hear some of the things that she had to say.

 

1. While working on the subs they are exposed to the hazard of decibels resulting in the risk of loosing hearing on any scale from slightly to compleatly over time. Sara informed me that they hired a specialst team to come aboard the ship and conduct hearing tests, every worker abord the ship had to wear microphones next to theire ears everywhere they went. It starts affecting theire hearing at 70DB. Unfortunatly this cannot be avoided nor can it be controlled resulting in no control measures at all to protect peoples hearing although they do have ear defenders it is only in the main genorator room and are only used when running deisel.

 

2. the submarine workers can be exposed to the hazard of working with heights putting them at risk of falling resulting in serious injury and death. This can occur while having to the clean the periscopes on top of the bridge with a minimum hight of 15 meters. this is avoidable and has the control measures in place of specialised heights training and by wearing fall arrests.

 

3. While working on the subs they are exposed to the the hazard of extreme pressure resulting in the risks of Hypoxia- lack of oxygin to the body's tissue reuslting in the the bodys tissue and cells beginning to restrict, the symptoms consist of dizziness, euphoria, cyanosis, confusion and also nausia. Another risk is Barotrauma- chang in the pressure between air filled body cavities and the outside atmosphere resulting in sinuses ears and lungs are filled with air and must either contract or expand to deal with more sudden and drastic changes in the atmosphere. If the pressure is low they are also more than likley to suffer with bad headaches. As told by Sara It has been proven that the longer in the occupation the lower the life expectancy is, all of the risks can not be avoided and no control  measures have been put into place unless you start showing the symptoms and then medical treatment is prescribed.

 

4. While working on the subs they are exposed to the hazard of a vitamin D deficency resulting in the risk of the skin going really soft and white. this can be controlled and avoided by taking vitamin D while aboard the sub.

 

My input

Relating to the issues 1,3 and 4 as stated by Sara they are not inforemed of these hazards and risks before joining the navy which i think is a really bad thing and they should be informed and clearly have it all explaned to them before joining the navy.

 

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Rae Kuskie

Pharmasist assistant

 

During a conversation with Rae about some of the things she has to deal with in her occupation it was clear that sometimes she could be in great danger and has to be really carefull in how she handles certin situations.

 

1.  while re- stocking the shelves within the store people both staff and customers are exposed to the hazard of space limitation due to having the boxes of stock in the isle's of the pharmacy and are at risk of tripping resulting in strains/sprains and maby even brocken bones. This has only one control measure in place and that is a sign at the end of each isle that states "Watch your step".

 

2. Rae encounters lots of different people from all walks of life and has informed me that she encounter people with the addiction to drugs and also people that sell drugs that try and get medications that contain ( two examples) pseudoephedrine and  a medication called duromine. Although this is not a direct  hazard to the staff of the pharmacy it is a major hazard and risk to the drug addicted person or the people buying it especially with the effects to peoples thinking or even worse if they were to overdose. The control measures put into place are management making the staff be aware of script frawed and to look carefully at the details on the script such as doctors signiture and practice details as people print a template off the computer and hand write it out.

 

3. Rae is also exposed to people under the influnce of drugs or alcohol requireing medication and legally rae has to refuse them due to being to intoxicated and being refused can make the customer quite angry resulting in them becoming abusive to her and also pushing stands over and knocking things off the counter. The only thing that rae can do is go ang get the store manager to try and sort it out and if this fails or the incident is bad enough the police are called to come and deal with the customer.

 

 

 

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Naree Sauer

Disability support worker

 

While talking to Naree  about her occupation it was clear that her job is very rewarding for her and she absolutley loves what she does. In saying that though her job is not an easy one and is full of so many challenges for both her and her clients.

 

1. Naree is exposed to the hazard of manual handeling resulting in the risk of muscular, ligerment and bone damage and also the risk of  loss of time from work. This can occur from lifting wheele chairs in and out of the work vehicles and also by having to assist abled bodied clients in and out of the shower and bed. these hazards can be avoided and control measures ar in place. The control measures are buying special matt's (Naree was unsure what the correct name for them is) that transfer the chairs in and out of the vehicles and also wheel chair hoists for the van access and by also having rails and chairs in the shower and access rails and hoists.

 

2. Naree is exposed to the hazard of bodily fluid and has the riskb of being infected with disease/infection. This can occur when Toileting, tending to wounds, showering and cleaning teeth of clients. this can be avoided by following workplace procedures by wearing gloves when attending to wounds and cleaning teeth and by sterolising all equipment used and by wearing gloves to shower and toilet clients.

 

3. Naree is exposed to the hazard of mentally ill clients suffering from Biopola or Schizophrenia putting her at the risk of violent mood swings resulting in minor to serious injury. This can become a problem if Naree's clients do not take the medication prescribed to them. Some control measures put into place to greatly minimise the risk to Naree is lockable cupbords containing anything sharp and chemicals so Naree cannot be stabed or cut in any was and also cannot have any household chemicals throwen on her also Naree monitors the medication they have to take by checking under the tounge and the top of the mouth to make sure her client has in fact swallowed the medication.

 

My insight

As rewarding as it would be to do this job i think it would be a highley stressful. I think that the risk of something going wrong would in fact be high as it is such a unpridictable industry and you never know what you are going to get.

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