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Popcorn.....Ice Cream.....Dolphin??

Popcorn.....Ice Cream.....Dolphin?? | OHS Paramedics | Scoop.it
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Just a typical day for the Food & Beverage staff at Sea World.

what hazards do these boys face?

Wet floors - can't really tell the dolphins not to splash

Burns and scalds - people need their popcorn to be fresh and hot (mmmm popcorn)

Trip hazards - unfortunate rock placement, but techniques have developed and the boys are now semi-professional rock walkers.

Then the small side hazards like - sunburn, dehydration, and muscle strain and sprains from manoeuvring the vending carts.

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Whatever you do...Dont Push The RED Button!!

Whatever you do...Dont Push The RED Button!! | OHS Paramedics | Scoop.it
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Meet Bianca, Natasha & Kelly!

 

These Girls are 3 of the many Attractions Presenters we have at Movie World.  

 

I would almost say they have the most repetitive job out there, when it comes to risk exposure. In one hour they will pull down and check over 400 safety restraints. Back injuries?? not as many as you would think, with stretching and regular dance breaks these ladies are set for the day.

 

In addition to the manual handling, attractions staff need to contend with the heat, sunburn, dehydrations and trips and falls (excited people just don't understand that bags go in lockers not on the floor)

 

and then comes the scary part....climbing harness on and climbing to the top of the ride in an evacuation. its scary being over 100m in the air at the best of times but these daring ladies are up there to bring down the guests on the ride in the unlikely event of a breakdown. but don't worry they are well practiced as drills are a frequent thing. 

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Dangers in playing a part?

Dangers in playing a part? | OHS Paramedics | Scoop.it
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These are my friends Daffy and Sly! 

As fun as their day is it comes with some hidden dangers. these guys  need to be very conscious of dehydrating and fatigue as you could imagine these suits and be very warm and quite heavy.. generally they will be out for up to 30 mins at a time. as the temperature increases the time spent in the suits is reduced pro rata down to 15 mins. for the time spent in the suits they have to have an equal amount of time out. 

 

In addition to the fatigue and dehydration, muscular strain and damage is not uncommon. The heads are heavy and not always balanced (daffy is sensitive about his large beak.) and the staff are required to make very exaggerated movements inside to make the most minimal changes outside. Its for this reason that there are compulsory warm up and cool down times as well as frequent physio and massage to keeps these guys in top shape. 

 

Finally there is the danger of sight. the visual range of the suits is extremely small which is why you will always see them chaperoned. This reduced visual field opens the staff to trips and falls, collisions into obstacles and of course the biggest danger.... An excited screaming child that catches you off guard!  

 

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Why Am I So Tired? 10 Causes of Fatigue and Fatigue Treatment Tips

Why Am I So Tired? 10 Causes of Fatigue and Fatigue Treatment Tips | OHS Paramedics | Scoop.it
Reaching for caffeine and sugar can backfire, leaving you more fatigued as your blood sugar levels fluctuate wildly. Instead, go for a balanced, healthy diet replete with fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.
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Fatigue is a very big problem for Paramedics everywhere. Be it a 12 hour night shift or emergency availability (on call), every paramedic will experience fatigue. 

this article looks at the appropriate actions that should be taken to manage fatigue and sleep deprivation so that the first instinct is not to get a Grande Double shot latte with 3 sugars from the nearest coffee shop.

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Speak Up: Prevent the Spread of Infection

See the second in The Joint Commission's series of animated Speak Up™ videos, this one on infection control. Be sure to share this new video with your family...
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its not uncommon for health professionals to shrug off a cold because "its nothing but a runny nose" 

 

As a health professional it is necessary for us to think of the other people that we encounter on a daily basis.

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Luke McLaughlin's curator insight, April 28, 2017 3:35 AM

It's not uncommon for health professionals to shrug off a cold because "it's nothing but a runny nose". As a health professional, it is necessary for us to think of the other people that we encounter on a daily basis. Another certification, as little and simple it may sound, that is required to be successfully passed is disease preventative protocols. This involves all training paramedics to learn about:

- Personal Protective Equipment (gloves, goggles, gowns, plastic wigs)

- Corrective hand washing techniques

- Infection Control Protocols

Learning and examinations on all of these topics will hopefully enforce preventative measures on the training staff.

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8 Signs You're Way Too Stressed (and How to Deal) - Daily Beast

8 Signs You're Way Too Stressed (and How to Deal) - Daily Beast | OHS Paramedics | Scoop.it
8 Signs You're Way Too Stressed (and How to Deal)
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“Sometimes the most effective way a doctor can treat a patient is to teach them about their symptoms,” says Dr. Colgan. 4. Your back or neck is always aching.
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some great tips for dealing with a stressful life.... No stress = healthy paramedic.

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Assaults of NSW paramedics rising - Ninemsn

Assaults of NSW paramedics rising - Ninemsn | OHS Paramedics | Scoop.it
Assaults of NSW paramedics rising
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Assaults of NSW paramedics rising. 5:05pm March 4, 2014. Three NSW paramedics have allegedly been assaulted in 24 hours, alarming the ambulance service, which says violence against staff is on the rise.
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Our Changing Profession - gone are the days of the greatest risk of our job being defensive driving or manual handling. an increase of assault and aggressive behaviour towards paramedics is adding a new element of risk to our job. 

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Community Paramedics Improve Care By Reaching Patients Where They Are - Greater Wilmington Business Journal

Community Paramedics Improve Care By Reaching Patients Where They Are - Greater Wilmington Business Journal | OHS Paramedics | Scoop.it

Community Paramedics Improve Care By Reaching Patients Where They Are
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
In recent posts, we have used this space to discuss how the delivery of health care is changing at its most fundamental level.

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As Paramedics, the risk level of our chosen career is very high as we attend patients in a moment of Crisis (yes, to some people a stubbed toe is a crisis). With the community paramedic iniative, assisting people in their daily lives before it reaches a crisis situation. Less Crisis = Less risk. There will still be emergencies and that is inevitable, what this initiative looks at is reducing the amount of preventable emergencies. (mental health, chronic health and elderly)

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Luke McLaughlin's curator insight, April 28, 2017 3:42 AM

As Paramedics, the risk level of our chosen career is very high as we attend patients in a moment of Crisis (yes, to some people a stubbed toe is a crisis). With the community paramedic initiative, assisting people in their daily lives before it reaches a crisis situation will mean that less crisis = less risk. There will still be emergencies and that is inevitable, what this initiative looks at is reducing the number of preventable emergencies. (mental health, chronic health and elderly).  A damsel in not as much in crisis mode will mean that there is less risk for attending paramedics, as they will be able to handle the situation more comfortably. 

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Happy Feet or Cold Feet??

Happy Feet or Cold Feet?? | OHS Paramedics | Scoop.it
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The Sea World Education Team have are the coolest guys around....pun intended!

 

This is Laurie one of sea worlds educational officers doing a chat on the king and gentoo penguins. 

 

At the very moment this photo was taken here is a list of hazards that she is currently exposed to:

 

- freezing temperatures ( can vary to a few degrees above and below zero)

- nesting penguins ( they say never work with animals or children.... try working with animals about to have children)

- Ice, faeces and pebbles underfoot - slip trip and fall hazards.

- she is less than a meter away from 3m deep freezing water that can be difficult to get out of, due to the ice and crazy penguins running around. 

- the staff working within the enclosures also have to be mindful of infections and bacteria that can be passed between them and the birds, if the precautions are not taken it can be detrimental to them and the birds.

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Michael Slicker's curator insight, May 30, 2014 12:18 AM

This is Laurie.... my damsel in distress for Quest 3 

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Behind the "Faces" of the silver screen

Behind the "Faces" of the silver screen | OHS Paramedics | Scoop.it
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This is Robyn, he is one of the senior make up and sfx artists that i work with. 

 

Its all fun and games getting to play pretend everyday but there are lot of risk and OHS stratergies that go into every make up that we do.

 

Infection prevention and protection is a huge component of our daily work. Each cast member must have clean sponges and brushes and their own specifically made pieces  to ensure that there is no cross infection between cast (could you imagine wearing someone else sweaty zombie face.....yuk!) 

 

Before we can have fun creating zombies and demons and all things creepy, the latex pieces and prosthetics must first be created. For this to happen we need to allergy test all the cast members to make sure we are not putting any of them at risk. when working with the latex etc. breathing apparatus and ventilation hoods must be used to reduce exposure to the vapours and toxic fumes during the curing. 

 

there is also the risk of cuts, needlestick injuries and burns whilst sculpting and creating the moulds and faces of the silver screen!

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Workplace Health and Safety in Australia

Workplace Health and Safety obligations have changed. Watch this short video to see how you could be impacted and the systems that are necessary to proactive...
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really good video that provides a snapshot of OHS within Australia. the common person would not understand the magnitude of workplace injuries and OHS initiatives. 

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Pre-hospital Care - Dangerous Environments

This podcast is from our Pre-hospital care series and is delivered by Dr Cosmo Scurr.
Michael Slicker's insight:

this is a great podcast on the identification and assessment of dangerous environments within prehospital care. i think that a paramedic with the training and skills to identify the risk and dangers is less likely to be injured and can prevent further risk or injury to others.

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Child's Play Manual Handling - Office Version - Safetycare Workplace Safety Video

Most of us are aware that bad lifting and carrying techniques are a major cause of workplace injuries, especially serious back injuries. But in today's workp...
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Manual Handling > its a natural thing for us, so when do we forget or ignore it.  

This goes to show that anyone is capable of safe work practice and accidents are very preventable.

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Luke McLaughlin's curator insight, April 28, 2017 3:26 AM

Manual Handling > it's a natural thing for us, so when do we forget or ignore it.  This goes to show that anyone is capable of safe work practice and accidents are very preventable. Paramedics are required to obtain certification in manual handling assessments in order to ensure that they are following the correct protocols which will, in turn, prevent injuries occurring. This is a great podcast on the identification and assessment of dangerous environments within prehospital care. Paramedic's with the training and skills to identify the risk and dangers is less likely to be injured and can prevent further risk or injury to others.

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Don't let your aching back hold you back - TCPalm

Don't let your aching back hold you back - TCPalm | OHS Paramedics | Scoop.it
Don't let your aching back hold you back TCPalm Lifting a heavy object, twisting while lifting, making a sudden movement while playing sports or even falling can strain muscles by overstretching or tearing, producing a sharp, jabbing pain that...
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all throughout Uni and Placements we are reminded that our back is paramount and if proper precautions and lifting techniques aren't used you can end up with a back injury to end your career. 

This article has a couple of lifestyle changes and tips for preventing back injuries.

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Rescue paramedics are put to the test - Daily Advertiser

Rescue paramedics are put to the test - Daily Advertiser | OHS Paramedics | Scoop.it
Rescue paramedics are put to the test
Daily Advertiser
In Wagga this week, nine rescue paramedics have undergone special operations training in preparation for their recertification in Sydney in April and May.
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this is a great example of training and education to reduce risk. by having the officers re-certify frequently ensures that the fitness level is sufficient  not only for the benefit of the patient but the safety of the attending officer.

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