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Protect yourself at a bar or club - YouTube

What do you do if someone starts to get too physical with you at a bar or dance club and won't leave you alone? Of course self-defense expert Michael Foley h...
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While being a gorgeous super star sounds like a fabulous occupation (and it is - most of the time) one of the pit falls of performing in clubs is the one guy who doesn't understand boundaries, and takes it too far. While words will usually get you out of most situations, here are some tips for those rare over-zealous (and usually intoxicated) fans who just wont take no for a answer.

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Choosing the Right Ergonomic Office Chair

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An ergonomic office chair provides lower back support, promotes good posture and helps alleviate back pain. Learn how to decide on the best office chair.
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Although most musicians spend most of their time standing and singing, the other half is spent sitting at a recording desk, or at a home desk either studying or gathering inspiration. Any large amount of time spent on a chair can be taxing, and incorrect ergonomics plays a really big part in this - even if you have a really good office chair it's useless if its not set up correctly. This article looks at all the different aspects of ergonomics, I found it to be a really good read for anyone who sits in a chair.

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Music and your hearing - Action On Hearing Loss: RNID

Loud music at clubs, gigs and festivals can cause damage to your hearing. This can lead to tinnitus or premature hearing loss. Find out more about sound levels and your hearing. Action on Hearing Loss is the new name for RNID.
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If you can't hear, you can't make music....unless you're Beethoven! Ear damage is serious business when your a musician, so be aware of the damage it can cause. I personally would like to continue hearing the luscious sounds of Lauren Neko, so make sure you use the right ear plugs when your at a gig, and make sure your mic and headphones are good quality and set up correctly for when you are recording.

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Ian

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This is my dad Ian, and he work in earth moving all over qld largely for mining companies and builders.

 

Permits:

The correct permits need to be in place before you start, these need to be signed off for the correct date and by the supervisor or superintendent depending on who is in charge of the job at the time. These are required to make sure you are digging in the right place and that you don't hit cables (fiber optic, telecommunications, electricity or even gas) digging in the wrong place could result in millions of dollars of damage and could effect thousands of people who are depending on those lines.

 

Daily safety checks:

Each and every time you step onto a piece of machinery with the intention of using it a take 5 and a pre-start must be done. This is in order to make sure everything is in working order and is safe to use and that you are prepared for the job. In the event that something does go wrong, this document can also serve as evidence that you did everything you should have prior to starting the job. 

 

communication:

Every morning they hold pre-start meetings, to make sure everyone is on the same page - everyone knows where everyone else is and what is required of them. This helps to limit mis-communication and makes sure the right work gets done at the right time.

 

Personal protective equipment (PPE) for each site:

Because Ian works at a number of different sites he needs to be up to date with the requirements of each site. Most sites require the basics; Hard hat (colors vary site to site), long sleeved shirts with reflective piping, embroidered company name and personal name (this also varies site to site - he has A LOT of them!), eye protection for both indoor and outdoor, boots with steel caps, work gloves, ear plugs and long pants. 

 

Training and tickets:

Each piece of equipment requires different training and a different ticket - if you don't have them you can't operate the machinery. Ian is required to have these with him on site at all times as evidence of his training - he has so many he puts them in a book!

 

Sun safety and hydration:

Working outside all day every day takes a toll. Sunscreen use is encouraged and provided to all workers. Hydration plays a big part in his job, adequate hydration makes a big difference in his ability to work all day and stay well.  

 

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Jamie

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This is my friend Jamie.

 

Jamie is a manager at a BWS drive through bottle shop.

 

Cars:

With cars constantly driving into and out of his work place ventilation is essential. Business can not be conducted unless all the required doors are open and there is adequate ventilation to prevent he and his staff from being exposed to too much carbon monoxide and fumes. While working a reflective vest is required to make sure he is visible to all the drivers, and all of the steps are highlighted with tape to prevent trips and falls.

 

The general public:

When your in the business of serving people alcohol the potential for risks to personal security are high. There has to be a responsible person (certified by the government) on staff at all times and there are strict restrictions on place regarding service to people who are too intoxicated, who are abusive or who can not prove they are not underage. When denial of service is required abuse often follows, so there are strict guidelines as to how staff approach these situations and there are often security guards near by to diffuse any really bad situations and prevent injury.

 

Fork lift use, broken glass and manual handling:

Only licensed people can operate a forklift, and BWS then signs to say you are allowed to operate them on site. When dealing with manual handling there are policies in pace regarding how much you can lift, how you lift, at what height you can lift to and when to use step ladders. Broken glass needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible and if necessary the area needs to be sectioned off from the public to prevent injury.

 

Slips, trips and falls:

Oil from cars and liquid from broken bottles pose a serious risk if not cleaned up in a timely manner.

 

Hold ups and robberies:

It is company policy that if this does occur, you are required to surrender. Police and senior staff are then contacted as soon as it is safe to do so.  In these situations the safety of the staff and customers comes first.

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Preventing Electrical Hazards in the Workplace

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 1992 and 2002 an average of 295 employees died per year from contact with electric current.  Between 1992 and 2001, an average of 4,309 employees lost time away from work because of electrical injuries. Causes of Electrical Shocks Electricity travels in […]
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Regardless of whether you are at a gig, recording or at your home office they all have one thing in common - electrical cables. Making sure theses are set up correctly can be a time saver and it can also save your life by preventing electrocution. I really liked this article because it gives practical advice on what to look for and what to do if something is incorrectly set up.

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Taking Care of Your Voice

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Taking care of vocal cords can be tricky, and when they are your life and your living - nothing can replace them. Most singers are aware of the importance of warming up for performances and recording, but there are lots of other factors that go into looking after vocal chords. I thought this was a really good overview of all the different things you can do to ensure we continue hearing Neko's lovely voice for a long time to come.

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Tristan

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This is Tristan and he is working as a metallurgist in a copper mine.

 

Over heating and dehydration:

This plant averages 50 decrees celsius in summer, so there are restrictions all over the place. You can only spend a maximum amount of time out in the plant and then you must go and cool down. All over the plant are cool rooms to lower workers core body temperatures, they provide cooled water, ice blocks and squincher to replace electrolytes. If you are working in a particularly high temperature area you are required to spend a minimum amount of time in these rooms. 

 

Safety tag out system:

Staff are required to leave their site access card at the tag out board, this way the supervisor can track who is in the plant during an emergency.

 

Gas mask:

All staff on site must carry a gas mask, if the light is on a gas mask must be worn as this indicates that furnace tapping is in progress and sulfur dioxide gas is likely to be in the air which is a significant health risk.

 

Radiation:

Radioactive particles are in copper, these are released as radioactive dust into the air during the smelting process. All staff in the smelter are monitored for radioactive exposure and are reassigned of they receive a cumulative dose above the company defined limit. These levels are all set well blow unsafe levels. 

 

Ability to challenge unsafe tasks:

All staff are empowered to stop any task they believe to be unsafe to ask for clarification about safety measures and to shut down the job if they are still not satisfied with the outcome.

 

Safety lockout system:

Before work on any equipment can commence, energy sources for that equipment must be isolated. When this happens all staff members who are completing work place their personal padlock on the power source, and this prevents anyone operating the equipment before all the workers involved are clear of the equipment and out of danger. 

 

Regular health checks:

Health checks to determine if the person is fit to do the job are done prior to employment, these checks include chest x-rays. These checks are done on a regular basis to monitor workers health and ensure their lungs in particular are not being exposed to dangerous levels of toxins that can cause permanent damage. 

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Greg

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This is my father in law Greg.

 

Greg and his wife own a property in the Barossa Valley that they use as a holiday and project spot where they work with trees for life and relax on the weekend.

 

After the bush fires that came through the area in January, Joan and Greg needed to re-fence their property along with all the other people that work, live and play in the area. So they all worked together to rebuild the fences of all the locals in the area.

 

In the is picture Greg is using a dropper/driver to put in new posts to start the fencing process. Although there are no specific guidelines for this kind of work, there are OH&S issues.

 

Personal safety equipment:

Steel cap boots are needed to prevent heavy equipment being dropped on and then damaging feet and gloves are needed to prevent blisters and cuts which can the fester and get infected.

 

Sun damage:

Working out in the sun can be extremely damaging. Hydration needs to be maintained by drinking lots of water and potentially using a product like power-aide or squincher to replace all the electrolytes they are losing with sweat. Sunscreen must be used  on all exposed areas although long sleeves and pants are best, as well as hats.

 

Correct use of equipment:

When using something like a dropper/driver the correct technique can prevent injury. By lifting the dropper/driver over the post, then dropping it down with force but making sure to let it go before the point of impact the person operating it can reduce the incidence of neck and back injury and general aches and pains the next day.

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Lauren Neko

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This is Lauren Neko.

 

Lauren is a singer, song writer and producer who often finds herself in a maze of OH&S problems.

 

Performing:

While preparing to go on stage and being on stage unsecured cords present a tripping hazard, and electrical equipment that is not set up correctly can potentially cause electrocution and permanent hearing damage. Lauren needs to ensure she has a good team of people setting up with her and needs to check these things before going on stage; Ensuring cords are secured and taped down, ear plugs are put in use when being in a loud environment, ensuring the public is prevented from accessing the set up, always having access to torches to do all of this in low lighting and making sure only qualified techs are setting up equipment are all essential elements of Lauren's OH&S. While she is performing the general public cause the biggest hazard by spilling drinks on electrical equipment and placing drinks on speakers. Dealing with these intoxicated people can also cause an OH&S issue  - unwanted grabbing and general sexual harassment can present a personal security issue as can dealing with heavily intoxicated people.

 

Writing, recording and producing:

Many of the same issues occur here as with performing - ensuring the electrical equipment is set up correctly by qualified people is essential to preventing hearing loss, electrocution and tripping/falling. When spending lots of time in her office or in the studio ergonomics play a big part in preventing strain injuries and must be addressed at the beginning of a session.

 

If you would like to hear Lauren at work - you can!

https://soundcloud.com/laurenneko

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