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Auto Mechanic and OHS

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Manual handling injuries are the most prevalent of injuries within the automotive workshop environment (Worksafe Victoria, 2006). These injuries are often as a result of heavy lifting, awkward positions such as bending over into the engine or laying on the floor (as seen in this photo), sometimes for prolonged periods of time and scraps, cuts or bruises from having to reach into awkward places. There is always a risk of serious injury should a jack or hoist fail and the car fall on top of repairer. Using safe and tested equipment can help minimise the risk of injury as well as not performing repairs alone so that if an accident should occur there is someone to help to call an ambulance or try and extricate the mechanic from underneath the vehicle.  

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TE-ARN MYERS's comment, May 26, 2014 7:00 PM
http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/casestudies/pdf/mvr.pdf
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http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/10293/automotive_workshop_safety.pdf
TE-ARN MYERS's comment, May 26, 2014 7:21 PM
Great risk management assessment and prevention documents for auto mechanics.
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Mesothelioma in vehicle mechanics: is the risk different for Australians?

Mesothelioma in vehicle mechanics: is the risk different for Australians? | OHS Within Different Contexts | Scoop.it
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There seems to be a huge concern between asbestos and getting cancer of the lining that surrounds the organs in the body (Mesothelioma) and as a consequence for auto mechanics who have been exposed to asbestos and chemical fumes. The results are inconclusive because the way in which epidemiological studies and collection of data has occurred can present with bias or skew the data to determine the relative risk. There have been conflicts of interest with scientific consulting in previous studies by Ford and Chrysler. 


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Mechanic burnt in oil-drum blast

Mechanic burnt in oil-drum blast | OHS Within Different Contexts | Scoop.it
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Just a reminder of being aware of the dangerous substances that a mechanic works with and thinking about the consequences of not respecting the equipment and the risks involved by not thinking about the possible hazards.  

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Delivery Drivers and OHS Issues

Delivery Drivers and OHS Issues | OHS Within Different Contexts | Scoop.it
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OHS issues surrounding the delivery of goods include heavy loads, wide loads, overhanging loads as depicted in this photo, driver fatigue, weather conditions, dangerous goods or hazardous substances and unsecured or poorly secured loads. These issues not only pose a risk to the delivery drivers but also to other motorist, pedestrians and other workers involved in loading and unloading the items from the vehicle. This is because of the mobility of the workplace and unpredictable road conditions which can potentially cause the load to become unsecured, fall and damage property, people and cause car accidents. 

 

OHS Legislation is in place to help employers and employees recognise the dangers and to minimise the potential hazards to themselves and the general public when transporting goods (Transport Safety Group, 2006). This includes having a direct chain of command and ensuring that safe work practices are adhered to such as those that regulate the size and content of a transportable load and the use of risk assessments and personal protective equipment (Transport Safety Group, 2006). 

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Sign Writer's Workshop

Sign Writer's Workshop | OHS Within Different Contexts | Scoop.it
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OHS in a workshop is critical to manage risks and to minimise harm to employees. Some of the most common workplace injuries include back injuries from incorrect lifting of heavy objects or lifting objects that are too heavy, hitting or striking against an object such as those that can fall or overhanging objects that may cause someone to bump their head on, falls from incorrect footwear and slippery surfaces and machine accidents. Using power tools can be a hazard to not only the employees utilising them but also bystanders. If misuse, inappropriate use or not paying full attention to the task or surroundings while using tools can lead to workplace injury. 

 

It is important that all employees wear the appropriate safety gear including gloves, hard hats, ear muffs, slip resistant steel capped boots, safety guards, shields, masks and safety glasses. Machines should have safety switches and automatic power down lock out mechanisms should someone or something get caught while using one. One of the most important factors in minimising harm is to be aware of the potential hazards and continuously perform risk assessments. Other considerations should be given to not wearing jewellery or loose fitting clothing that can get caught in a machine and only allow employees to use equipment that they have been fully trained to use.  

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Mechanics Workshop Safety - Safety and Risk Management Blog

Mechanics Workshop Safety - Safety and Risk Management Blog | OHS Within Different Contexts | Scoop.it
Mechanics Workshop Safety Whether you tinker in classic car restoration or own a full auto shop, safety in the workshop is always of the utmost importance. Keeping yourself, your friends, your assistants, your customers and any number of other people safe amongst the many dangers of motor vehicle repair is the most important principle in …
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Just a few words on the importance of safety in the workshop or at home to mitigate a few common acute health issues. These include wearing proper clothing, using proper hoists and PPE. 

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JSTOR: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health, Vol. 15, No. 1 (February 1989), pp. 43-46

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There seems to be an increase in mortality rates for those who work in the auto mechanic industry being that they are exposed to many types of chemical products such as asbestos, solvents, automotive exhaust, paint pigments and anti-corrosive substances. This study found that auto mechanics had a higher incidence of ischemic heart disease and various cancers of the urinary tract, pancreas and the mesothelium surrounding organs. Just highlights the importance of PPE and that health and safety risk management is relevant beyond the moment but also for avoiding chronic illness. 

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OHS in the Biomedical Laboratory

OHS in the Biomedical Laboratory | OHS Within Different Contexts | Scoop.it
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Working in medical biology laboratories pose different types of risk and health and safety issues than traditional manual labour type industries. The type of organism or virus a technician is studying can determine the level of risk and potential hazards. There are different categories and classes of biosafety determined by the World Health Organisation which consist of 4 levels of containment. To determine the risks that certain substances poses in relation to the health and safety of not only the technicians but the general public are determined by their infectious capacity, severity of disease, route and rate of infection. 

 

PPE including eye wear, lab coats, enclosed shoes, gloves and the use of biohazard protective air vented hoods is mandatory depending on how infectious an organism or virus is and every precaution is taken to ensure that any infectious diseases are contained and limited to outside access. This includes washing hands upon entering a lab and before leaving. There is great emphasis on ensuring the correct procedures are adhered to by legislation and there is clear signs in laboratories regarding the strict OHS guidelines that must be followed. 

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OHS and the Cherry Picker

OHS and the Cherry Picker | OHS Within Different Contexts | Scoop.it
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Work sites are hazardous. There are risks everywhere. Occupational Health and Safety issues are blatantly depicted in this photo by a worker hanging out side a cherry picker trying to install a sign on a work site. The height is dangerous especially on windy or raining days where the caddy can be blown by the wind and cause a worker to slip using tools and cause harm. The leaning action is a potential back injury and doesn't support good health and safety practice surrounding back health. Correct PPE has not been utilised as hard hats and safety glasses are not being worn. There are harnesses to help keep an operator from falling. Essentially, OHS can not eliminate all risks but can only aim to minimise them provided that employees comply. By non compliance with safety procedures employees are increasing their risk of doing damage to their health. 

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