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Quest 3: Causes and prevention - Slips and trips - HSE

Quest 3: Causes and prevention - Slips and trips - HSE | OHS Quest 2 | Scoop.it
Everyone in the workplace has a part to play when it comes to preventing slips and trips, from the person who designed the building to the people working inside of it

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There is a great deal of potential for Posties to experience slips and trips not only in their indoor workplace, but also outdoors where they are delivering mail. Slips and trips indoors can occur due to common reason, which is outlined in the mentioned slip potential model of this article. Hazards such as leaving mail or packages in walkways are some of the most common slip and trip cause that has been noted whilst exploring the job of a Postie. Every individual can partake in reducing slips and trips in the workplace, so it is important that Posties don't leave packages, mail or anything else that can be tripped over. They should leave all walkways clear by removing anything that can give potential for slips and trips as well as keeping all grounds dry, by cleaning up any fluid or foreign substance from the floors within their workplace.

 

Slips and trips outdoors can be very serious, and can sometimes be unavoidable. Slips can be due to rain, which causes wet walkways, driveways and roads. Recognizing these conditions, and practicing care whilst walking or riding through such areas can help to minimize the amount of slips and trips. Wearing the appropriate non slip footwear that is provided by postal companies will also ensure a decrease in such incidences.

 

There should also be ample workplace health and safety training provided to all Posties, and updates/renewals in such training should be mandatory for all staff. I feel as though this would again minimize the incidences of slips and trips, as well as prevent postal companies from spending monstrous amounts of money towards injuries.

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Quest 3: Veterinary association offers tips on how to prevent dog bites - al.com

Quest 3: Veterinary association offers tips on how to prevent dog bites - al.com | OHS Quest 2 | Scoop.it
Edmonton Journal Veterinary association offers tips on how to prevent dog bites al.com Every year, in fact, more than 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs, according to the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, which is promoting National Dog...
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Having to deliver mail into a mailbox which is sometimes situated inside the fence of a house can mean dog bites.....and lots of them. Unfortunately, dogs don't always see it as harmless activity when a Postie puts their arm over the fence to household mail into a mail box. Dog attacks on Posties is something that continues to be a problem, and management could minimize this.

 

Posties should be aware of dogs being at a property, and taking precautions such as looking over the fence to check for dogs on the premises before dispensing mail would be a sensible idea. If a dog has been sighted, professional judgement should then be used to determine whether it is safe to proceed with the mail delivery. In my opinion, it may not eradicate dog attacks toward Posties but it can decrease the amount of incidences.

 

This article offers advise on dog training tips, as well as advise in the instance that a dog bite occurs. Although Posties would have no control over other peoples dog training habits and abilities, their control over the potential for a dog bite to occur is really important.

 

 

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Quest 3: Ways to Avoid Repetitive Strain Injuries

Quest 3: Ways to Avoid Repetitive Strain Injuries | OHS Quest 2 | Scoop.it

, Every human being wishes to get healthy and active body within shorter interval. Many individual try high strenuous work out to get well-toned and muscular body. Many individual are overlook nutritional count in the body and practice excessive heavy workouts. Entire this condition can lead to repetitive straining injuries. Here we mentioned few healthy tips to avoid repetitive strain injuries.


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With repetitive strain injuries (RSI) being a very common hazard within Paul's job as a Postal Delivery Officer, it is extremely important that himself and his fellow colleagues are aware of how to prevent RSI. With the constant and repetitive movements of sorting and delivering mail, it could be quite easy to obtain an RSI.

 

This blog explains what RSI is, how it can happen, symptoms and prevention tips. It also explains everything in an easy to understand language and format, so I feel this would be very easy for anybody to follow! RSI is certainly a risk that can be investigated, managed and prevented easily.

 

Posties should practice the safe use of equipment in their workplace, such as the operation of motorcycles and mail sorting equipment that would've been shown in their initial workplace health and safety training. They should also participate in regular exercises to relieve commonly used muscles, as well as take regular breaks from any repetitive movements. Following the guidelines for the prevention of RSI should be a very high priority for Posties.

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Welder

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Meet Aaron! Aaron is a Welder for a large industrial welding company in Brisbane's south. Within his role, Aaron binds together metal structures, repairs metal parts and also grinds some metal materials. He works inside a large welding shed and works alternating morning and afternoon shifts. He is pictured here on the job, where he was welding together a fire place.

 

There can be a variety of hazards in the Welding industry, with damage to the eyes and skin being the most common.

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Working in a physical industry such as Welding can prove to be extremely hazardous! Substantial hazards arise from the brightness, heat and fumes of the welding lights. Hazards that arise can be:

 

Physical Hazards:

Eye Damage - This can occur due to the bright lights that are produced by the welding machinery, and in particular if this is encountered frequently and over a long period of time. This can lead to temporary vision issues, permanent eye damage or in the worst case result in partial or full blindness.

 

Skin abrasions - The skin can be penetrated and injured due to the sharp edges on some of the metal objects that are being welded. This can then lead to infection and the exposure of blood within the workplace.

 

Noise - The noise which can be heard from some of the grinding equipment used to prepare working surfaces is extremely loud, and can result in temporary to permanent damage to the ear drums. This can lead to deafness.

 

Trips and falls - Due to the amount of electrically operated machinery which have power cords, trips and falls can be encountered.  In some circumstances there can also be confined work spaces. This can result in substantial muscular skeletal injuries.

 

Ergonomic Hazards:

Being in the welding industry requires employees to be standing and operating welding machinery for long periods of time whilst working. This can lead to muscular skeletal injury or worse, permanent injury.

 

Biological Hazards:

Chemical exposure - Many chemicals are used in the welding industry to prepare surfaces for welding. If employees come into contact with these chemicals, it can create injury to the skin through burns, irritations and rashes.

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Administration - Personal Assistant

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Meet Kimberly! Kimberly is a Personal Assistant for a large engineering company in Rockhampton. She organises all events and meetings for the managers of the company, along with company and office meetings, presentations and events. She is pictured here, working away in her office!

 

The job of a Personal assistant has mainly ergonomic and physical workplace health and safety issues involved with it, due to the repetitive movements and seating positions infront of computers. In a position like Kimberly's, there is also the hazard of workplace stressors.

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Being in Administration reveals ergonomic, physical and emotional workplace health and safety issues such as:

 

Ergonomic Hazards:

Repetitive Strain Injury - Repetitive movements such as computer use can cause life long injury to the fingers, hands and arms.

Muscular skeletal injuries - Continually sitting and using a computer can result in injuries to the neck, back and hips. This can result in time off work and a reduction in personal and social activities, as well as life long injuries

 

Physical Hazards:

Slips, trips and falls - Many Administration workplaces involve the use of computer, prints and other stationary machinery. Because these are run by electricity, the risk of electrical injuries and falls over electrical cords are introduced. This could cause both neural and muscular skeletal injuries.

Paper Cuts - Within this industry, paper and paper products and handled frequently. This could result in paper cuts, which could lead to infection and blood exposure within the workplace.

 

Emotional Hazards:

Stress - In a high paced work environment like Kimberly's where she is in charge and having to organise many crucial events, this may lead to stress. Stress over prolonged periods of time is detrimental to health in general, and could result in time off work or ongoing stress disorders.

 

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Medical Laboratory Assistant

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Meet Vanessa! Vanessa is a criminology student, and a Medical Laboratory Assistant at Allamanda Private Hospital laboratory. She processes all laboratory specimens, where she then analyses these and is able to release a result for critically ill patients within the hospital. Vanessa works around the clock on a 24hr roster to offer an efficient and reliable service for all doctors. She is pictured here running a blood gas analyzer machine, which tests specifically oxygen and gases within the blood of ill patients.

 

Medical Laboratory has many workplace health and safety issues that can be explored, and in particular the large potential for exposure to blood and body fluids/waste. Further exploring this profession reveals many more health and safety hazards.

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The Medical Laboratory industry can prove to be quite hazardous. Hazards which could be experienced here are:

 

Physical Hazards:

Blood and body fluid/waste exposure - This could be easily exposed to laboratory staff through the opening, closing and analyzing of specimens. Blood borne and infectious diseases could then be contracted, proving to be extremely dangerous for the staff members as well as their families they go home to.

 Sharps - There are many sharp objects such as pipettes that are used in the laboratory, which could cause injury to staff. Improper handling of these can also cause injury.

 Glass breakage -  Most  blood slides used in the laboratory are made from glass, and if these were broken this could cause extensive damage to staff, and could also lead to blood borne diseases being contracted.

 

Ergonomic Hazards:

There are many machines used in a laboratory, which can bring along electrical hazards and ergonomic hazards whilst using these machines. Staff may have to sit or stand in awkward postures to operate these machines in certain circumstances which could bring about repetitive strain injury or muscular skeletal injuries/conditions.

 

Biological Hazards:

Chemical Exposure - There are many chemicals used in the laboratory for not only specimen testing, but also the preservation of specimens and cleaning the equipment. If these are spilled or staff aren't wearing the appropriate PPE this could cause major hazards.

 Organism exposure -  There are many biological components grown and used in laboratories such as microbes and viruses. If staff come into direct contact or accidentally ingest these this could be life threatening in some cases.

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Quest 3: Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke Prevention

Dr. Derek Anderson with Baton Rouge General Physicians talks about heat exhaustion and heat stroke prevention.
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Working outdoors for most of the day as a Postie can cause considerable environmental hazards, such as heat exhaustion, leading to heat exhaustion. This is why it is detrimental that Posties understand ways to prevent this from occurring, as well as treatment options in the instance this does occur.

 

During this interview, Dr. Derek Anderson talks about ways to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Firstly, Posties need to make sure that they are wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) supplied to them, such as hats, neck shades, gloves, long sleeved shirts, long pants, sunscreen and UV protectorate sunglasses. If this is being supplied to them, it would be totally self inflicted if they acquired heat exhaustion/stroke due to not wearing these. Keeping up with an adequate fluid intake is also extremely important, so Posties are supplied with chilled water bottles. Regular rest periods in a shady area must be maintained, and this would give Posties an opportunity to get out of the heat for a certain period as well as concentrate on their fluid intake.

 

Being able to recognize heat exhaustion for Posties should be extremely important. If they are able to recognize the symptoms, this can prevent heat exhaustion leading onto heat stroke. It should be a mandatory part of their training to recognize these signs, so medical attention and/or treatment can be applied.

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Quest 3: Fresno police vigilant about motorcycle safety

Quest 3: Fresno police vigilant about motorcycle safety | OHS Quest 2 | Scoop.it
Fresno, California police are on an aggressive motorcycle safety drive to combat practices that endanger motorcyclists on the road. Officers are implementing several measures to prevent motorcycle accidents.
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With motorcycle accidents being one of the most life threatening risks associated with being a Postal Delivery Officer, this topic is something to be taken seriously!

 

Within this article, it has been mentioned that unsafe speeds and improper turning are two of the primary reasons behind motorcycle accidents/fatalities. The speed that Postal Delivery Officers are traveling at should be taken into account, due to the fact they are traveling under weight pressures with carrying loads of mail. If the speed limit in 60km/hr in a residential area, then Posties should consider going slower than this due to the excess weight carried. If an accident was to occur, the injuries obtained from a slower speed would likely be less critical than those acquired at a higher speed.

 

If improper turning of the motorcycle is another reason behind motorcycle accidents/fatalities, this is something that needs to be addressed. On the route of a Postie, there are lots of sharp bends, turns, driveways and pathways. Attention to detail must be paramount whilst taking turns like these! To further this, motorcycle driver training could be regularly conducted to ensure that all Posties have the skill and knowledge necessary for taking potentially dangerous turns.

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Quest 3: Paul - The Knight In Distress

Quest 3: Paul - The Knight In Distress | OHS Quest 2 | Scoop.it

Paul is the Postal Delivery Officer that was used in my Quest 2. Following on from Quest 2, risk management and prevention guidance will be explored in regards to Paul's position.

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Assistant in Nursing - Aged Care

Assistant in Nursing - Aged Care | OHS Quest 2 | Scoop.it

Meet Deb! Deb is an Assistant in Nursing in an RSL aged care facility. She works a 24hr roster providing care and assistance to the elderly that reside at the facility. She showers, dresses, feeds, comforts and provides some medical care to patients. She is considered family to many of her patients, as she often takes time out of her day to participate in activities and is a friend for them to confide in. She is pictured here assisting with the nightly medication rounds.

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Working in Aged Care can present with many hazards, mainly physical due to the high level of care that this age group of patients require. The following hazards can be found:

 

Physical Hazards:

Muscular skeletal injuries - This can be due to the amount of lifting that is required, as many of these patients are unable to self mobilise without a carers assistance. Many common muscular skeletal injuries occur in the back, pelvis, neck, knees and shoulders.

 

Slips, trips and falls - Assistants in Nursing are required to shower patients, therefore employees are exposed to wet and slippery floors and surfaces. This can then lead to slips, trips and falls, and result in debilitating injuries.

 

Physical Assault - Many patients in these facilities suffer from medical conditions such as Alzheimers and Dementia. Due to this, some patients can become combative and aggressive without understanding they are doing so. Staff then run the risk of acquiring injuries from an assault

 

Emotional Hazards:

 

Stress - When working with patients of this age group, death is commonly dealt with. This can cause substantial amounts of stress on the staff within the aged care industry, resulting in emotional illnesses.

 

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Postal Delivery Officer

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Meet Paul! Paul is a Postal Delivery Officer for Australia Post in the Brisbane area, otherwise known as a "postie". He receives, sorts and organises suburban mail indoors in a sorting office before heading outside to deliver it to households and businesses. He works in all types of weather conditions,  providing great customer service by making sure peoples parcels and mail arrives safely and in good condition. He is pictured here with the Postal Delivery motorcycle that he uses to deliver the mail and parcels.

 

The job of a Postie is well known for its environmental hazards, due to working in rain, hale and sunshine!

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Being a Postie reveals many workplace health and safety hazards, due to the various outdoor places that are traveled to as well as the indoor manual handling component of the job. Hazards which can be found are:

 

Physical Hazards:

Motorcycle Accidents - Riding a motorbike loaded with mail and parcels in the rain can make it very easy to fall off the motorbike, and falling off onto the road, concrete or sidewalk could result in various muscular skeletal injuries.

Slips and trips - Posties can easily slip or trip over due to wet sidewalks, driveways and stairs where they sometimes have to deliver mail and parcels. This can also result in serious injury.

Dog Bites: Many houses and businesses can have dogs present near where posties need to obtain access to mailboxes. If these dogs are protecting their homes they can bite the postie, which could lead to the contraction of diseases and infections, and also soft tissue/muscular skeletal injuries

Paper cuts: Whilst sorting and organising the mail indoors, posties can experience paper cuts. This can then get infected and result in systematic infections, and also means that blood exposure in the workplace could be present.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI): The constant and repetitive movements of stopping, leaning and putting mail into a mailbox can cause many RSI injuries to both the arms and legs, resulting in lifelong injuries.

 

Environmental Hazards:

Rain - Working outdoors in the rain means being saturated....and all day. Even though they are supplied with wet weather clothing, heavy and wild rain will seep right through this. This could lead to systematic illness, skin irritations and rashes.

Sunshine - On extremely hot days Posties must still work outside, which can lead to sunburn, heat stroke and dehydration. In future times to come, sun spots and melanomas may develop which are detrimental to health

Hail and Lightening Storms - If posties are outdoors when hail or lightening strikes, they may not be in a place where they can seek protection. Therefore, they have a high chance of being struck by lightening or injured by falling hail.

 

 

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