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Outdoor_workers_brochure_2011.pdf

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Now all my blogs have been focused on Bec's work environment in the office. Well lucky for her she has an amazing job that takes her to all sort of tourist destinations to explore with her clients. These destinations include : The Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and many more exciting locations.

Becs greatest workplace hazard in these environments is the Sun. In my previous post I said that we are children of the sun. Unfortunately to much of a good thing can kill us. So attached in a really good brochure highlighting sun smart practices, we should all follow this guideline in not just our work environment, but in our everyday lives.

 

Thanks for reading and remember to Slip, Slop, Slap !!

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Manual Handling | WorkSafe ACT

From 1 January 2012 the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) has effect in the ACT, replacing the Work Safety Act 2008. The…
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A factor that may not be thought of as much in the Office environment in regards to OH&S, is manual handling.

Bec highlighted to me that it is a very real issue in her workplace, with the rearranging of furniture, dealing with large quantities of office supplies and corporate collateral such as magazines and brochures. Incorrect manual handling in any workplace is a major hazard to the handler and the company as a whole. I was once shown an excellent example of good manual handling - it was how a small child picks up any object !! We all have it inbuilt in us from the youngest of ages but as time progresses so does bad habits.

Attached is an article about manual handling from the WorkSafe Act. Have a read and the next time you see a small child pick up their beloved toy .... TAKE NOTE !!!

 

Straight backs and safe lifting everybody : )

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Ergonomics in Australia

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My damsel in distress is my gorgeous wife Bec !! What sort of husband would I be if I did not try to make her job and life easier by finding good information to solve her office woes.

So first things first, Ergonomics!!

The attached link has some excellent information on setting up the work station to an ergonomic standard, which will not only help avoid office related stress and injuries, but improve productivity.

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Dr Mehmet Doktan the Rock Mechanic!!!

Dr Mehmet Doktan the Rock Mechanic!!! | OH&S issues surrounding my friends and family in their chosen professions | Scoop.it
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I am very proud to say that Dr Mehmet Doktan who has a PhD in Rock Mechanics (very cool), is in fact my father in law!!

 

I would like to detail to you what a Rock Mechanic actually does.

 

Mehmet is a Senior Mining Engineer  (Rock Mechanic) who primarily develops plans, focusing on the structural integrity and economic viability of mine sites for tender purposes. His goal is to create efficient and safe plans whilst creating economic viability for the company.

Mehmet’s occupation is extremely demanding but incredibly rewarding. With all planning activities comes very strict time lines.

 

Mehmet’s place of work could be in a corporate high rise office one week then a very dusty coal mine site in the harsh Australian desert the next.

Having such an important role in these huge mining companies brings emense pressure and stress on a person to perform in order to achieve the absolute best results.

To achieve this and stay within the critical timeline, Mehmet has to work extremely efficiently and without fault, not only that but he makes sure that his team is doing the same.

This high pressure environment has a very real OH&S issue, which is fatigue. It would not be uncommon for mining engineer to work 20 hours a day or more than 100 hours a week to get a project completed. This kind of workload has the potential to adversely affect how you think, respond and act in day to day life. It can cause mistakes through impaired judgement that may have catastrophic consequences.

Thankfully Mehmet understands the risk that fatigue has on his work and always ensures he is relaxed and well rested and manages his team to the same standard.

Fatigue is a very real issue not for just senior mining engineers but in almost every profession, except for politicians who seem to always be sleeping on the job– I’m just kidding, I know they work hard haha.

 

So get some rest people, wake up with a clear head and stay safe.

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Getting down and dirty with Bernie !!

Getting down and dirty with Bernie !! | OH&S issues surrounding my friends and family in their chosen professions | Scoop.it
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Everyone meet Bernie!!

 

Bernie is the sensational Tour Guide / Instructor on the quad bike at the front of these thrill seeking dare devils.

Bernie works for a brilliant company in Kuranda called Down and Dirty Quad Bike Tours.

I know for a fact that these guys are awesome because I myself was a Tour Guide / Instructor for the company before I gained employment within the aviation industry.

Needless to say this adventure seeking activity comes with a huge range of associated risks, as does any adventure style activity in the great outdoors.

As a quad bike tour guide a lot of the associated risk with the activity is minimalized due to the amount of experience you have but greatly increased for the customers, as the majority of customers that pay to participate in the tour have little to no experience at all.

Like any adventure activity, for example bungy jumping and skydiving, it is the experience and training of the subject matter experts / Instructors that ensure these activities are conducted in the safest possible manner. The Tour Guides / Instructors minimise the risk to an acceptable level, through placing controls on hazards and events to minimise the like hood of an incident occurring that may cause injury to themselves or a customer.

For example reducing tour speed in difficult or technical terrain and controlling spacing utilising hand signals.

 

So in conclusion it is sound training and experience that will aid in keeping yourself and people around you safe in any activity.

 

Thanks for reading

 

Now go and get Down and Dirty with Bernie!!!!

 

 

 

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Sitting at Work is Harmful: 15 Ways to Fight Fatigue - EmaxHealth

Sitting at Work is Harmful: 15 Ways to Fight Fatigue - EmaxHealth | OH&S issues surrounding my friends and family in their chosen professions | Scoop.it
A recent study confirms that sitting at work is not only harmful to your physical body, but to your mental health as well.
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This article attached has some excellent tips on how to fight fatigue when working at the computer for long periods of time. It also highlights a study that was conducted has shown that, sitting for long periods of time at a computer work station causes an increase in the risk of developing blood clots in your legs, also known as Deep Vein Thrombosis. The article provides 15 exercises that you can conduct at your workstation to help fight this hazard.

I think everyone does number 13 every time the boss calls out your name!!

Happy butt clenching everybody.

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The Unintended Effects of Fluorescent Lights on Your Health

The Unintended Effects of Fluorescent Lights on Your Health | OH&S issues surrounding my friends and family in their chosen professions | Scoop.it
The Effect Florescent Lights can have on Your Productivity and Welfare
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Bec has complained of headaches and eye strain when working in the office, I asked her if her office lighting is from florescent light, to which she said yes !! This is so common in any work environment indoors and we are guilt of having florescent lights in our own home.

Attached is an excellent article which explains the negative effects of operating under florescent lights for extended periods of time and some methods to overcome these effects. A very interesting read !!!

We are children of the sun !!!

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All rugged up under the Northern Territory Sun!!

All rugged up under the Northern Territory Sun!! | OH&S issues surrounding my friends and family in their chosen professions | Scoop.it
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The photo above is of my best mate Scott 'the warrior' Nuku.

We both work part time now after well over ten years of full time service for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Our core role as Airfield Defence Guards, is to provide the physical security for RAAF assets, such as aircraft, personnel and airfields, through combatant related tasks.

As part of our role we are required to conduct screening patrol for lengthy periods of time and occupy the hash terrain that surrounds these airfields both domestically and on operations overseas.

This photo of Scott is a good representation of some of the equipment that we utilise such as the Gilly Suit (for excellent camouflage), radios, webbing etc... What it doesn’t show is that Scott would also have a 30-40kg pack, his webbing would weigh around 15kg and he has a weapon the can weigh any were from 4kg - 12kg depending on the type.

The reason I bring all this up is simple ... With all this gear combined with strenuous activity in 40 degree heat, our greatest risk was not only enemy contact but more likely suffering from a heat related illness.

As part of our training we conduct and maintain our first aid and combat first aid competencies as well as adhere to appropriate work rest ratios utilising aids such as wet bulb globe temperature readings were possible to gain an accurate measurement of ambient temperature versus humidity and wind speed.

All this sound fantastic but there is absolutely no substitute for maintaining hydration, without water you will die!! I cannot stress how important our water intake is to mitigate for the risk of dehydration and heat related illnesses.

A very serious note to end on but incredibly important for any industry and in our daily lives.

 

Thank you for reading

 

You stay classy Scoop it readers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hard yakka with Pete the Diesel Mechanic

Hard yakka with Pete the Diesel Mechanic | OH&S issues surrounding my friends and family in their chosen professions | Scoop.it
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I introduce to my brother Pete!!

 

Pete (as appears in the photo above) is a diesel mechanic for a large agricultural company in northern Victoria.

Pete’s work is conducted in a very high paced workshop environment. The workshop environment has a large range of OH&S issues, from the use of power tools, working with dangerous chemicals and movement of very large farm machinery in confined spaces.

Within the workshop Pete and his fellow colleagues have to be extremely vigilant that they stick to their safe work practices, for example:

They are to ensure they uses guides to marshal the driver of heavy machinery into position, for the safety of everybody that is within that area and to protect the high value machinery that they are working on. They are to always wear the high visibility work clothing and personal protective equipment, and adhere to the appropriate material safety data sheet when using and storing dangerous chemicals.

 

Pete also has a lot admin duties which he conducts within the office environment. To which he detailed to me, that his greatest concern for his own safety, in the office, is not poor ergonomics or making his coffee to hot, but accidentally sending inappropriate emails to reception or even worse his boss, which I am sure he has found out the hard way.

I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about Pete and the challenges he faces in the workplace as dirty old grease monkey.

 

Have a fantastic and safe day!!   : ))

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Bec the tourism marketing guru!!

Bec the tourism marketing guru!! | OH&S issues surrounding my friends and family in their chosen professions | Scoop.it
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I would like to Introduce my beautful wife Bec !!

Bec is a Marketing Coordinator for Tourism Tropical North Queensland. She is amazing at her job and can cook a great dinner as well - I feel like the luckiest bloke in the world!! : )

Bec's core role is to assist with the development of marketing campaigns to help promote the great state that is Queensland in particular the far north.

The photo above is Bec in her place of work, which can vary from taking media groups to local attractions such as Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (as featured above and as you can see she has a beautiful looking snake firmly wrapped around her body - work place hazard? or not?), to exploring the Great Barrier Reef (from above and below the water), and conducting her much loved administrations duties in the office.

80 % of Bec's work life is spent in the office, siting in planning meetings, working on immense Excel spreadsheets for long periods of time and communicating via a variety of means with all her valuable stakeholders.

Her greatest concern is not the issues surrounding the amazing adventures she gets to go but the constant strain of working behind the computer. During our discussions Bec has also mentioned that a large number of her colleagues varying physical strains and issues as a result of the office environment. This highlights to both of us of the importance of setting up your workstation in accordance with sound ergonomic practices.

It is so important in our busy lives to look after our own well-being and to not get complacent or lazy with how we operate.

Take care everybody and remember - A happy wife means a happy life : ))

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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