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Lyndal is a nurse and shares her insight on OHS in the Hospital environment.

Disposal of Sharps: Biological waste containers must be used to avoid cross contamination and personal injury from needles and scalpels.

Physical strain/ Sprain: The no lift policy and Correct manual handling is important to avoid harm to self. ‘ Linen trolleys are not to be overfilled.’

Equipment function: ‘Ensure equipment is working properly, for example brakes are working properly on beds and wheelchairs.’ This avoids injury to the nurse and the patient.

Stress, workload and fatigue: ‘Appropriate patient to nurse ratio keeps work to a maintainable level for nurses. When Ratios are appropriate stress and fatigue are better managed for the health of the nurses’.

Biology: Disease transfer- Airborne and physical contact: Lyndal explains, ‘Infectious patients are kept in isolation to minimise the risk of spreading the disease or infection.’ “There are also hospital grade chemicals and appropriate cleaning equipment to be used for general cleaning, spills and steralisation.’ ‘It is essential that biological waste goes in the correct disposal bin’.

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Setting_priorities_080621.pdf

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The National panel of medical engineering have created this document to explain the maintenance that is necessary and not  necessary for medical machinery and equipment. None of the maintenance is the responsibility of the nurses, however checking for visually obvious damage, errors and the maintenance log is up to date is the responsibility of the operator. This is designed to eliminate or minimize the risk of harm to patient and operator.

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eh11.pdf

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Chapter three refers to clinical wastes:

Clinical wastes includes: sharps, bodily tissues and fluids, speciment used for labatory testing, infectious waste, cytotoxic waste and pharmacuticals. These are all disposed of in apropriate clinical waste containers and later incinerated.

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Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

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Aaron is an Aircraft maintenance engineer. Working on aircraft can range from working on the ground to working at heights. Aircraft have a lot of moving parts including high powered and complex systems. Aaron states “Procedures must be followed during any maintenance.”

General: Aircraft have a lot of heavy components that require heavy lifting and manoeuvring. “ Lifting equipment is provided to assist with all heavy lifting and multiple person lift policy is also in place”. Maintaining high areas of the aircraft entails using a fall arrest harness system.

Taxiing Aircraft: Personnel need to keep clear of taxiing/ manoeuvring aircraft to avoid any form of contact injury between aircraft and person or vehicles.

Aircraft Engines/ propellers: Engines need to be shut down and allowed to cool before any major servicing or repairs are carried out to avoid burns and harm to the body. “During engine operation safe distances need to be kept to prevent propeller injuries and engine ingestion injuries, and fall and debris injuries from jet blast/prop wash from the rear of the engine,” Aaron explains.  

Hydraulic systems and components: Components of Hydraulic systems are operated by hydraulic fluid under high pressure. During maintenance, preventative measures such as; deactivating the system prior to maintenance, clearing the area of personnel and tooling, wear safety glasses and gloves prior to any operational and functional checks. This prevents personal compression, high pressure amputation and eye injuries caused by the system.

Flight control systems: Incorporate high tensioned cable systems with pulleys and quadrants to move flight control surfaces. “ The operator needs to make team members aware of flight control and cable movement. During maintenance it is important to clear the system areas before operating to avoid contact and trapping injury.”

Electrical systems: “De-energising before commencing work is essential to avoid electrocution and damaging of other electrical operated components leading to increased OHS hazards.”

 

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Nurse

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Lyndal is a nurse and shares her insight on OHS in the Hospital environment.

Disposal of Sharps: Biological waste containers must be used to avoid cross contamination and personal injury from needles and scalpels.

Physical strain/ Sprain: The no lift policy and Correct manual handling is important to avoid harm to self. ‘ Linen trolleys are not to be overfilled.’

Equipment function: ‘Ensure equipment is working properly, for example brakes are working properly on beds and wheelchairs.’ This avoids injury to the nurse and the patient.

Stress, workload and fatigue: ‘Appropriate patient to nurse ratio keeps work to a maintainable level for nurses. When Ratios are appropriate stress and fatigue are better managed for the health of the nurses’.

Biology: Disease transfer- Airborne and physical contact: Lyndal explains, ‘Infectious patients are kept in isolation to minimise the risk of spreading the disease or infection.’ “There are also hospital grade chemicals and appropriate cleaning equipment to be used for general cleaning, spills and steralisation.’ ‘It is essential that biological waste goes in the correct disposal bin’.

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Electrician

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Kevin is the owner of an electrical contracting business. OHS equipment and education is a big part of keeping his team safe and healthy in the work environment. Kevin has shared his insight on the main hazards.

 

Electrocution: “Isolation of power and lockout is a must, testing for voltage before working on circuits or appliances even when power has been isolated”, Kevin explains.  If an unfortunate event does occur management policies should be followed.

 

Falls: Electricians often work at heights the best way to avoid harm is to wear a harness and boots with good grip. “It is important to be aware of your surroundings and where you put your feet.” Also “when climbing ladders three point contact is essential”. 

 

Vermin: Working in ceilings, sheds and outdoors vermin often present themselves. According to Kevin, “Avoidance is the best and only way to eliminate the risk of harm in this situation”.

 

Sun damage & heat exhaustion: Working in hot conditions is unfortunately part of the job. When working outside workers are required to wear sunscreen, a hat, long sleeve shirts and take regular drink breaks in the shade or set up tent shade.

 

Dust: Dust is an inevitable part of the job, dust masks and protection glasses are provided to avoid damage to the respiratory system and eyes.

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P_OHS.pdf

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Occupational Health and Safety - Australian nursing federation

outlines the protocols for the rights of nurses to be safe and healthy in their work environment and the responsibility of the employer to provide all necessary training and facilities for Occupational Health and Safety for the nurses.

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Isolation2007.pdf

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The Isolation policy is designed for infection control between healthcare facilities, the public and other patients. The protocols zoom in on the importance of infection control, recognizing new pathogens and the duration of isolation necessary for different infectious diseases.

The protocols also outline  transmission through contact, droplet and airborne forms along with hygiene of equipment and persons.

An extremely important part of healthcare to keep members of the public, staff and other patients infection free.

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P_No_lifting.pdf

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The No Lift policy elaborates on different lift assist options, aswell as employer and employee responsibility toward OHS.

The most important point outlined in this policy is organisation of the patient, staff and equipment if necessary and pre assessment of patients that may require lift assistance so arrangements can be made for equipment availability. The no Lift policy is designed to reduce lift injuries to employees ( in ths case nurses) by eliminating or minimising any lifting of patients.

 

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Personal trainer

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Liz is a personal trainer

Gym Induction: All new members must be booked for an induction to learn how to use equipment correctly. This avoids harm to members.

Slip: In the gym environment Drink bottles get spilt and sweat can cause slip hazards. Weighted areas in the gym are covered with rubber grip surfaces and carpet to prevent slipping as well as mops are available to clean up the mess. This is also a reason for the towel at all times requirement.

Trip: All weights must be returned to their correct place after use. Allocated space for certain activities helps prevent hazards occurring. Gym is kept tidy at all times.

Heat exhaustion: In the gym environment, the air conditioner must be kept on at all times at 21 degrees to prevent clients over heating. Drink fountain is also provided. 

Heavy weight clips: These prevent weight from slipping off weight bars mid lift. This avoids twisting injuries and weights falling on other members.

Machine servicing: Regular maintenance services must be conducted to ensure a safe standard for regular usage. Twisted, threaded, rusty cables and old padding must be replaced to prevent harm to members.

 

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Carpenter

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Jackson is a carpenter joiner. In the construction industry there are multiple OHS issues.

 

Falls:  While working at heights there’s a fall potential with the possibility of personal harm injury and or death, to avoid this a  Harness and tagline must be worn.

 

Cuts: Power tools and knives are required daily and have the potential to cause serious bodily harm if the tool is not used correctly. “ the biggest cause of accidents on construction sites is the use of the wrong tool for the wrong job.” Explains Jackson

 

Burns: 'All tools/ equipment that has the potential to light a fire must be logged under a hot works permit. This method is used to prevent fires being lit addressing fire hazards in the work area.' ' With hot works tools there is always a potential to do yourself harm with hot equipment.' The correct PPE/ clothing must be worn, gloves, long sleeves and full face shield while welding.

 

Chemical: Face mask, long sleeves, safety glasses  and gloves must be worn to avoid inhalation, cutaneous harm to workers while dealing with gasoline acids and other harmful chemicals.

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