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Guides for the hairdressing, nail and beauty industry :: Retail and wholesale industry - Successfully balancing benefits for injured workers and premiums for employers

Guides for the hairdressing, nail and beauty industry :: Retail and wholesale industry - Successfully balancing benefits for injured workers and premiums for employers | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it
There are many workplace hazards in the hairdressing, nail and beauty industry that can create workplace health and safety risks. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland have provided information on the hazards typically found in the hairdressing, nail and beauty industry, and ways to manage exposure to the risk arising from these hazards.
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This website covers majority of all hazards that can be found in the hairdressing industry and how to prevent and minimise these certain hazards. This would be a beneficial tool to use should an employee have any questions relating to OHS. Workcover QLD is a well known, government associated company which makes it a reputable source for valid information.

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How To Cope With Injury or Discomfort

How To Cope With Injury or Discomfort | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it
Hairdressers are at greater risk from muscle and joint pain than the general population. And musculoskeletal pain can affect your ability to work - watch video >>
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To assist in coping with the injuries and discomfort that can come with being a hairdresser. This video showcases exercises that can be done for the arms, legs, back, hands and feet that can help in reducing general aches and pains. These exercises are relatively simple and easy to follow and majority could be undertaken either in the workplace or at home.

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Hairdresser Ergonomics | Ergonomics Simplified

Hairdresser Ergonomics | Ergonomics Simplified | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it
Free ergonomic tutorial and recommendations based on your specific problems. Helps you choose the best ergonomic chair or equipment for your needs.
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This article provides plenty of information on small adjustments that can be implemented into the daily working life of a hairdresser to assist in preventing workplace injuries. By simply using a saddle chair while doing a haircut can give your feet and legs the 10 or 20 minute break that they need. 

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Administration / Office Work

Administration / Office Work | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it

Although this may not seem like a profession that would bring many OHS risks to workers, there are many hidden hazards within an Administration or Office Worker role. The following are suggestion to avoid accidents and injuries within this particular workplace:

-  Height & size of desks & ergonomic chairs should be suitable for the worker located at their specific desk or work station.

- The positioning of keyboard, mouse and computer screens should be in front of employees; screen glare guards should be used when needed to avoid eye strain.

- Slip and trip hazards should be avoided by removing any electrical cords around desks or walk-ways and moving any other objects that could become a hazard while walking around the office area. 

- Ensure there is good ventilation throughout the entire office area - photocopiers, printers etc. should be placed in appropriate areas

- Workplace bullying and stress can relate to OHS of workers, ensuring that procedures are put in place to deal with these issues if they were to occur. 

- Adequate lighting to reduce glare on computer screens and provide sufficient lighting for the reading of paperwork or writing. 

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Cabinetmakers

Cabinetmakers | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it

Being an employee in any trade profession brings many OHS risks to your daily working life. Cabinetmaking poses numerous daily risks to workers, mainly due to the machinery, saws and other power tools used in the making and fitting process of this particular profession. 

It is important that the OHS standards & guidelines are adhered with to help reduce any workplace injuries. The following are just some of the measures identified to assist in avoiding such injuries:
- Ensuring each work area is tidy and free from any objects which may become slip or trip hazards; especially near saws & other machinery.
- Appropriate lighting within the workplace to ensure ease of vision when working with machinery.
- Appropriate training and qualifications have been met to undertake appointed jobs.
- Machine guards are used where appropriate, saw blades are regularly sharpened and tools provided have a safety clutch.
- The use and supply of appropriate PPE e.g ear muffs whilst working with loud machinery in the shed, safety glasses, dust masks when sawing, appropriate footwear and clothing worn daily. 

Following these guidelines can help to reduce the risk for employees within this profession who deal with these hazards on a daily basis. 

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Melbourne Water Fined $400,000 for Employee Death | OHS News

Melbourne Water Fined $400,000 for Employee Death | OHS News | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it
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What a terrible accident! I don't think $400,000 is enough to make up for the loss of someone's life, especially the way he had to go... How devastating! To think that this could have been avoided had proper investigation into previous reports of loose grates been undertaken.

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Fighting Hazelwood's dastardly coal fire

Fighting Hazelwood's dastardly coal fire | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it
Victoria's ongoing coal mine blaze poses a rare challenge for firefighters, who'll be hoping it doesn't enter the record books.
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I haven't heard or thought a lot about fires and mining however after reading this it's clear how important it is to have set management plans in place for this kind of thing. As this is not the first fire that has come to be at this particular mine it's strange that they were not better prepared for it.

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The Diseased City

OSH Conditions of Occupational Health and Safety in Faisalabad, Pakistan

Film by Ammar Aziz

While crossing the ugly, narrow streets one finds countless small, wooden doors, almost on every wall. They are sometimes locked from the outside, but you can hear a continuous, disturbing noise echoing from these rooms. This haunting noise is the outcome of those power looms that run with the sweat and blood of tens of thousands of workers. If you dare to enter any of the small rooms, you would feel as though you have entered a machine.

The noise levels created by machines remain way too higher, crossing all the maximum limits, without any hearing protectors for the workers. This results in hearing problems amongst the majority who work there. The walls say it all; they are full of cotton dust and silk web, causing dangerous lung diseases amongst the majority of people who work here. Welcome to Faisalabad, Pakistan's major industrial city, with no basic human rights for workers.

Mohammad Bashir has been working there for the last 50 years and he's 65. "90% workers here suffer from TB and several other diseases'', Bashir, a victim of Tuberculosis himself, tells without any glimpse of hope in his eyes. The film portrays a few workers of different age groups, all suffering from dangerous diseases, related to the nature of their work and due to lack of even the basic health facilities.

 

Labour Education Foundation, Pakistan in collaboration with Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC)


Via AMRC Hong Kong
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This article/clip definitely opens your eyes to the poor conditions that workers experience in developing countries. The sicknesses endured as a result of lack of access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) e.g. face masks, ear muffs/plugs; and not having the access to the appropriate medical treatment due to lack of money from poor pay conditions are life threatening. In this city alone, 3 million people are associated with the textile industry with up to 75% of them suffering some kind of disease that is related to the poor working conditions. 

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Australia's occupational health and safety regime needs first aid

Australia's occupational health and safety regime needs first aid | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it

Via Blair Kettle
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As Occupational Health and Safety will be my co-plan for my degree it's very interesting and alarming to find that only 13% of Australian workplaces comply with the new first aid code of practice... We definitely have our work cut out for us!

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Blair Kettle's curator insight, October 17, 2013 9:33 PM

Australia is partial home to two of the world’s largest mining conglomerates, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. These companies are leaders in the world for their commitment to, and programming for, workplace safety. While they don’t have perfect safety records they are global leaders for occupational health and safety standards, practices and governance. But it seems that the efforts of these miners aren’t reflected in workplace safety in general in Australia. This report suggests that the majority of businesses in the country are below par for their safety policies and practices.  But the progressive part of the story is that safety is being measured and studied.

 

The Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research at Monash University is doing research to try to determine the optimal mix of enforcement, compliance, and promotion of workplace safety for Australian business. It is also developing reliable leading indicators of safety intervention effectiveness, which will no doubt catch the attention of safety leaders and researchers around the world when the development work is completed and published.

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Environmental health 101 Infographic

Environmental health 101 Infographic | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it
Environmental health 101 Infographic http://t.co/dMa8KjRF4b

Via Ultrafonic
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Trying to explain to people exactly what your studying and what career path you'll be taking can be hard, especially when Environmental Health is not something that a lot of people know much about. This post is great and gives some insight as to the problems that are addressed by environmental health officers and others working in that specific industry. It is such a broad subject area that it can be hard to narrow down to specifics. 

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Health and Safety information - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Health and Safety information - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it
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I found that these statistics for most common injuries is interesting and helpful to know. If an employee is aware of the injuries that can be sustained while on the job they may be inclined to be more careful when using these injury prone areas.

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Carpal Tunnel, Hairdressers, Hand Health & Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). ( NZhairdressers.co.nz )

 icarpal tunnel hairdressers - It occurs when the median nerve is compressed, causing changes in sensation, pain, and limiting the full use of the hand of hairdressing carpal tunnel

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These are interesting facts to know about Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) in relation to the hairdressing profession. It gives a good explanation of what CTS is, how it is caused and how it can be identified with signs and symptoms. There is also some useful tips in reducing the risk of development of these 2 syndromes which can simply be done by assessing the style and type of scissors used and ensuring that they're right for you. 

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Outrigging

Outrigging | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it

Outrigging is a team-based, water sport which in itself can bring many hazards for those undertaking this as a hobby. The most obvious and drastic consequence that could come from this sport would be drowning which makes it vital that all competitors take their own and their team mates safety very seriously. 
AOCRA (the outrigging association) have put the following steps in place to assist in reducing the hazards to this sport's participants:-

- All club members must undertake an annual swim, water treading and canoe flip test which enables the coach to keep track of each members physical capabilities.

- The Captain (steerer) of each crew has the right to refuse entry of the canoe into the water if him/her deem the water to be unsafe or if they believe one of the team members is unfit or unsafe.

- A risk management document is to be assembled to be able to evaluate appropriate paddling weather conditions.

- For long practice sessions or races (swap-overs included), there is to be a support boat closely following with an experienced operator performing this duty

- Flotation devices must be located in canoe's at all times in case of emergencies

- Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, appropriate covering clothing/swimwear to be worn to reduce the risk of sunburn

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Hairdresser & Mum

Hairdresser & Mum | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it

These 2 roles both have their fair share of hazards that come on a daily basis. Being a mother, every day is always a little different, which means that hazards can pop up when least expected; this may be within the home, park, shopping centre, beach etc.
- General slips and trips over toys, spilt food or liquid can be experienced daily.
- Fatigue, sleepiness and stress from lack of sleep which can contribute to the general health of a person.
- Possibility of burns from oven, stove, hot water, irons and other electrical cooking appliances
- Back injuries from picking up baby/child incorrectly

In Emma's case, after turning the 'Mum' switch off, she must then prepare herself for a day in the life of a hairdresser. 
- As a hairdresser, they are constantly putting their fingers, hand and arms under the stress of chemicals from hair dyes, bleach's, perming solution etc. It is important that hand and arms are washed several times throughout a day to remove these chemicals from the skin . Adequate training in the use of these chemicals is also a must.
- There are many slip and trip hazards around a salon from hair, spilt liquid and residue from sprays & oils. It is important that these are promptly attended to and cleaned up as soon as possible.
- Although it may seen trivial, footwear plays an important role in injury prevention. As hairdressers are standing for majority of the day, flat, supportive and non-slip shoes are recommended for all employees. 
- Employer must ensure that all electrical equipment is in good working order e.g cords for straighteners, blow dryers, wax pots.
- This type of work can be repetitive and tiring so breaks should be taken when needed.
- The use of PPE e.g gloves, aprons & enclosed footwear for extra protection from chemicals and dyes etc.

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Health and safety at work: Companies shift attitude

Health and safety at work: Companies shift attitude | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it
From reaction to incidents to the development of a corporate culture: the approach to occupational health and safety is changing all over the world, according to a global study.
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Good to see that OHS is becoming a more standard practice throughout the world. Lets just hope it stays that way... Quite an interesting article to have a look at. 

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How wearing a hard-hat can threaten wildlife – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

How wearing a hard-hat can threaten wildlife – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it
Environmental consultants are now often so hamstrung by extreme health and safety rules they can no longer conduct proper field surveys to detect threatened species.
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I know this isn't really promoting OHS standards but I found it very entertaining! He may one day be thankful for the safety protocols that have been implemented.

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Delaying uniform OHS laws risks national mine safety regime: COAG

Delaying uniform OHS laws risks national mine safety regime: COAG | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it
Delays in harmonising Australia’s occupational health and safety laws are hampering efforts to develop a national mine safety regime.
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The implementation of a National Mine Safety Framework will be advantageous for those in OHS. Having a specific set of standards to adhere to that are followed by all professionals will be helpful in the workplace. Although it's surprising to see that QLD and WA, the 2 largest mining states of Australia, are still to introduce these new laws...

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CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2011 award winners

CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2011 award winners | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it
Winners of the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2011 contest.

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Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This photograph is absolutely heartbreaking. After reading the blurb from the photographer it makes me think about how lucky I am to be able to live in such a great country like Australia with the freedom, education and wealth that each of us have. This is just one scenario that has been lucky enough to have been captured, there are a vast amount of cases just like this that go unnoticed in other countries which are underdeveloped and overpopulated. 

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Lindsey Lindgren's curator insight, May 18, 2014 1:13 PM

Humanity and environment.

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Resourceful Women

Resourceful Women | Environmental Health & OCHS | Scoop.it
omen at the time represented only six percent of employees in non-traditional roles such as operators, trades, geologists, engineers and senior management.

Via Rachel Stronach
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Mining is an area that I would love to get in to after graduating so it's great to see that they are setting goals to encourage women to represent a larger role in the mining industry.

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Rachel Stronach's curator insight, March 1, 2014 2:32 AM

I think it is great that the QRC was able to boost the amount of women in the mining sector well before its expected date.