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Importance of Procurement Management

Importance of Procurement Management | OHS Issues - Everyday work and play | Scoop.it
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Trialling a new piece of equipment

One of the tasks that our team members Barry has to do on a regular occurrence is to carry out is to drive star steal pickets and guide posts.  Normally, this carried out using a star steal picket driver and a guide post rammer.  This manual process is extremely time consuming and the risk of manual handling and blunt force trauma injuries is quite high.

To mitigate these problems, we looked at using a petrol driven picket driver.  Some of the OHS considerations when looking at this new method were:

Manual handling – weight, length of time holding the piece of equipment.  Would it be worse than the manual method?

Vibration – would vibration cause injury to soft tissue and bone?

Noise – how noisy and what sort of hearing protection would be needed?

Use of fuels – How are fuels and oils going to be managed? 

Development of training package – New users will have to be trained on the correct usage of the equipment,

Risk assessment on how to use the equipment will need to be developed,

Chance of ricochet – could it “bounce back / off” and hit someone?

Where it will be used? – certain ground surfaces may not be suitable to drive pickets into,  Dial Before you Digs would have to be done prior to driving posts to ensure that underground infrastructure such as optic fibre and electrical lines are not damaged

 

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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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If Barry wanted to, he could have a look at the Code of Practice for the management of Hazardous Manual Tasks 2011 for guidance, however he may find this type of material to complex to apply to what he needs on a day to day basis. For the safety professional managing the procurement and use of these types of tool on site, there are a number of codes of practice and Australian Standards that we can refer to that will assist us in managing the risk associated with their use. 

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▶ Christie Engineering petrol post driver - YouTube

Christie Engineering are an Australian based OEM and also a family business. This post driver has been developed and manufactured by us for the harsh Austral...
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Barry could also look on You Tube for some demonstration videos on using the post hole rammer.  Unfortunately, this can be a hit and miss affair as the guy in this video is not really demonstrating safe work practices.!

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Ergonomic Work Woes

Ergonomic Work Woes | OHS Issues - Everyday work and play | Scoop.it
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This is Jess.  Jess is an administrator on the project and spends most of her day sitting at her desk.  When I asked Jess what she thought would be the biggest OHS issue for her, she thought about it for a while and then said "tripping over something".  I then talked to Jess about the ergonomic set up of her work station she indicated that she was aware of it, but did not think it was that important.

 

Correct ergonomics in an office environment is often overlooked as an OHS issue. 

 

Incorrect set up of a desk can result in:

 

muscular aches and pains,

eye strain

head aches

damage to the spin; and

reduced productivity

 

Muscular skeletal injury cased by manual handling and ergonomics is the most common injury in all sectors of the Australia Work Force (Safework Australia, 2013)

 

 

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Summer Time Fun

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This is a picture of my family and friends having fun in a pool.  While this is an image of a relaxed good time, there are a number of OHS issues that need to be taken into consideration. 

 

Risk of drowning – note that there is a child in the pool and she should not be left unsupervised,

Consumption of alcohol – possible impairment of people who are swimming. May lead to downing

Depth of the pool – caution to be taken if diving into the pool

Quality of water – has the pool been adequately cleaned and chlorinated

Glass bottles near edge of pool – could smash and go into the water.  Risk of lacerations

Exposure to the sun

Slips, trips and falls – does the pool deck become slippery when wet?

Accidental contact with other person – flaying limbs and kicking could accidently hit someone

Access to pool area – is the pool adequately fenced and unable to be accessed by children?

Construction and design – does the pool and surrounding fence meet the required Australian Standard?

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Managing the risk of noise hazards and noise control measures - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Assessing noise levels, noise control policy, hearing conservation program and worker awareness.
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When using this type of tool, there is more than just manual handing risks.  Noise is a big problem when using powered hand tools.  There are a number of control measures that can be used and the QLD WH&S department has a lot of good information surrounding the management of the risk of harm from noise.

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Farai Mhandu's curator insight, April 28, 2015 5:03 AM

Working as a machine operator usually means exposure to such things as noise and vibration hazard. Noise can cause distraction, tension in body, headaches and fatigue. People who work in noisy environments also develop a habit of shouting which is not appropriate in most situations. Noise and vibration hazard can be addressed using hierachy of controls. Normally the noisy equipment cannot be eliminated but can be isolated. However, this reduces the hazard of noise to neighbouring workers and not the operator. As a result most companies supply the machine operator with hearing protection as a final solution. This should not be the case as hearing protection should only be used as an interim measure. Therefore it is important, as an operator, to know the noise policies that apply in workplaces, acceptable noise levels as well as any regular hearing tests that the company has to provide.

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Workplace safety - manual handling injuries - Better Health Channel

Workplace safety - manual handling injuries - Better Health Channel | OHS Issues - Everyday work and play | Scoop.it
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There are a number of government funded web sites which are available to people look up information about how to prevent manual handling injuries when they are conducting tasks.

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Christie Engineering Home

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Christie Engineering - original equipment manufacturer, specialising in portable Hydraulic drill rigs, petrol and diesel battery chargers and soil sampling rigs. Buy the SenDEC Series 806-10x Tachometer Hour Meter and other accessories from our online store
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If Barry wanted to find out some more information about the petrol post hole rammer such as the weight and manufactures safety recommendations, then he could look on the manufactures web site and down load a brochure

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Home Improvement (How to stir up your Safety Advisor Wife)

Home Improvement (How to stir up your Safety Advisor Wife) | OHS Issues - Everyday work and play | Scoop.it
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The Home Renovator

My darling husband Roy (Exhibit “A” on the ladder), takes great delight in showing me how his safety conscious he is at home!  

 

When I asked him what the risks were and his response was "orrr she'll be right....what's the worse that could happen.."   *sigh*

 

Undertaking home renovations which involves the use of ladders, nail gun and compressed air.

OHS considerations for this job.

House keeping – items left on the floor may become a trip hazard,

Use of compressed air – energy source that has the potential to cause soft tissue injuries and strike injuries if the hose detaches from the tool whilst under pressure

Use of a nail gun when a nail is expelled from the air tool at high velocity – risk of penetration injuries if used incorrectly,

No PPE being worn - Eye injuries from dust, flying debris, nails,

No boots being work – risk of injuries to feet from dropped tools, stubbing toes and cuts from broken debris on the floor

Working off a ladder – risk of falling from one height to another that may cause injury

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Shotcrete being applied to wing walls.

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Shotcrete being applied to wing walls.

We had a job which required the rebuilding of a flood damaged wing wall to a large drain which ran under a road.  To complete the job, the wing wall needed to be concreted and the incline of the wing wall meant we could not pour the concrete in the traditional manner.  After exploring the options available to us, it was decided that the safest and most effective way to do this was to apply shotcrete from a suspended man cage. 

The OH&S issues that needed to be considered prior to commencing this job were:

Working at heights and in particular, working out of the man cage.  We worked closely with the crane company to develop lift plans and a job safety & environmental analysis,

Competencies of all plant operators and dog men

Proximity of workers on ground to suspended load

Structural integrity of the road way where the crane and the concrete pumping machine was located,

Environmental management of any concrete over spray or spillage into the creek

Weather considerations – if it was too windy it would have been to risking to have a man cage and to spray cement

Exposure to the elements – heat exhaustion, sun burn etc.  Ensuring we had adequate supplies of cool drinking water.

Contact with fauna and in particular snakes, spiders and rats

Traffic management – how to safety manage the movement of members of the public as they drove past the work site

Manual handing

Slips, trips and falls

Site vehicle movement – where the items of plant could safely manoeuvre, park and exit the site without the risk of making contact with a person or other item of plant.

Contact with wet cement can be an irritant to skin so suitable PPE and wash down facilities had to be in place,

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