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Should Your Children Learn First Aid

Only 7 percent of the AU population has the skills and confidence to carry out basic first aid in an emergency. Putting first aid in to the basic education from an early age can play a vital role in turning this problem around.

We all know what kids are like, they are the ones who are most likely to push boundaries and get themselves into dangerous situations. So, since it is very unlikely that they are going to change, they should at least be able to deal with an emergency if one of them hurt themselves. And it is much more common to have to deal with an emergency than most may think. Research shows nearly 90 percent of 11 to 16-year-olds have been confronted with a medical emergency. With these statistics, it only makes sense to put first aid training into the curriculum.

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When it comes to teenagers, they are likely to drink more alcohol than their body can handle and could end up hurting themselves. A study by the British Red Cross revealed that more than 532,000 young teenagers have been left to cope with a drunk friend who was sick, injured or unconscious in the last year alone. These statistics are extremely worrying since most teenagers don’t know first aid. Just imagine if your child had to take care of their friend after they had been drinking too heavily. Do you think they could successfully take care of them and make sure that no major harm came to them? This is a question you should be asking yourself in case your child is ever in this situation.

If one of your child’s friends suffered from asthma and took an asthma attack, can you safely say that your children will know what to do to save their friend if they are with them because your child will want to help? This is because children are less likely to experience the ‘Bystander Effect’ – the more people there are at the scene of an accident, the less likely anyone is to help as they all expect someone else to take charge. So, if someone faints, has a heart attack or falls and breaks a bone, a child is more likely to help than an adult and that is why it is so important for children to learn first aid.

Your child taking part in first aid training courses will ensure that by learning their new skills, we will have a new culture of first aid. People who suffer heart attacks away from the hospital are also more likely to survive in places where first aid is taught in schools. This will give a whole generation of children growing up with the skills and confidence to save a life.

Safety Designed To Keep Employees Safe

I was in one of my local big box member’s only club last week, and while the stock on the shelves was low because of the Easter Holiday rush. The stockers all had large flat beds full of stock for the shelves. It’s so important in a retail location to instruct employees on the use of box cutters, and to buy cutters that have safety features built in. If the features are built in it increases knife safety by making it easy to comply with store and federal safety regulations. These features help in minimizing the risk factor while undertaking any cutting task. At Martor USA, these cutters are designed and created by keeping the various applications in mind. One of the features of the safety cutter is that sharp edges of the blade are protected from the user. Whether it a manual retracting, concealed blade, or automatic self retracting blade let Martor USA fill your online shopping cart today and help your safety manager ensure safe cutting practices will be followed.

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Special Bladed Knives To Cut Plastic Sheeting


If your finished product will need protection and you are using plastic wrapping or plastic sheeting on the finished product, MartorUSA.com has the safety knife for you. Since each material is different (roll, sheeting, bubble wrap, strapping), almost every project requires a different cutter. It isn’t always the case that one cutter can cut all material without causing injury. Martor has a whole line of concealed blade cutters specially designed for cutting sheet material. Find stretch wrap cutters that allow for ease of use and highly simplified blade change capability. Martor makes the job easy with high quality cutters for almost any material you can think of, while keeping safety in mind.

Occupational Health Professionals

We offers industry-leading medical surveillance and a secure health portal for simplified scheduling and single-point access in employee health clinincs. Your data can be quickly accessed and analyzed, which makes it easy to identify risks and report and reduce injuries. Let us take care of your data so you can take care of your people.

As an occupational health nurse, compliance and data reporting are necessary parts of your job, but managing them shouldn’t get between you and your important work of caring for people. Whether you run a hospital-affiliated health program in many locations or a freestanding clinic, we know that it’s difficult to find a high quality and easy-to-use program that keeps this sensitive data up-to-date and secure. That’s why We created OHM.

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Our occupational health management software, OHM is the complete software solution for your workplace health data management needs. Our workflow is designed to easily manage your day-to-day Medical Surveillance and clinical encounters. The Compliance Reporting module identifies OSHA recordables and automates required reporting, and our built-in guidelines in Case Management help you establish return-to-work timelines. With OHM, your data can be quickly accessed and analyzed, which makes reporting easy and helps you identify risks and reduce injuries. Best of all, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that with OHM your data is held securely and safely offsite.

OHM goes further with features like our Employee Health Portal that empowers employees to be responsible for their own health and wellness, while reducing unnecessary visits and calls to your clinic. And, our Mobile Vaccine App eliminates paper consent forms and takes your vaccination campaign directly to your employees, right where they work.

What is workplace health and safety?

Safety At Work

Work Health and safety describes policies and procedures put into place to ensure the safety and health of employees within a workplace. It Involves hazard identification and control according to government standards and ongoing safety training and education for employees.

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Safety in your workplace
It’s important to know where you stand when it comes to your safety rights on the job. Whatever your type of employment – full time, part time, casual – your employer needs to make sure your workplace is safe and healthy for everyone, and you need to make sure you speak up if you feel unsafe.

Safety in your workplace
It’s important to know where you stand when it comes to your safety rights on the job. Whatever your type of employment – full time, part time, casual – your employer needs to make sure your workplace is safe and healthy for everyone, and you need to make sure you speak up if you feel unsafe.

Your safety rights at work
Remember that wherever you work and whatever type of work you do, you have the right:

To be shown how to work safely
When you first start a job you’re entitled to a workplace induction. This means you should have safety procedures explained to you, be shown the layout of the workplace and be introduced to your health and safety representative (HSR), workmates and supervisor. Your supervisor should be available to provide advice during your day to day work and should closely monitor the way you do things until you can work safely.

To make sure you can work safely, you also have the right to on the job training and to be shown how to use the tools and equipment needed for your job.

To be given the safety gear you need ( PPE )

From goggles to gloves, safety boots to hardhats, your boss needs to provide you with the gear to do your job safely. They need to make sure it’s in good condition and that you know how to wear it properly.

To speak up
If you’re not sure how to do something safely, ask for help or training before you attempt it.

It’s important to tell your supervisor or HSR if you think there may be a safety issue in your workplace. Slippery floors, faulty equipment, lack of protective gear, or bullying are some examples of health and safety issues.

To say no to unsafe work
If you think something could be dangerous and you continue to work without speaking up, the consequences could be long term.If you’re asked to do something you think may be unsafe, stop what you’re doing and ask for help. You have the right to refuse unsafe work.

Video review: Manual Handling

There is something I always make sure I teach my new workers, the importance of correct manual handling. Today I’m going to be sharing a video that was done by Safetycare on Youtube, you can check them out! They have a nice amount of safety videos on their profile that you can check out, and you can never learn too much about safety! I’ll link the video here and we can have a quick look at it afterwards.

 

Desk Safety and Ergonomics

We have currently been going through and talking about a lot of safety in our blog posts (safety blog posting about safety who would have thought), most of our focus has been based more on industry safety, electrical safety and this is very important but it has mainly been things that are based in a more hands-on workplace. We could have some managers reading the blogs or office workers, people who work primarily on computers. There is actually a lot of hazards in an office environment and although some people will likely scoff at this statement and even though a lot of the incidents would not be as serious in another workplace, obviously you are probably not going to get horrifically injured or killed in an office, however, it that does not mean you shouldn’t take precautions to make sure you stay healthy. You should never get injured at work, in any scenario. Especially if it is easily avoidable.

Ergonomics

If you have ever worked in an office you understand that a vast majority of your day is spent sitting at your computer, this presents many problems and can cause several health issues. Some of the issues that can arise are easily fixed by improving the way in which you work at your desk. Ergonomic equipment is a must. This includes an appropriate chair, desk and even keyboard/mouse. Let’s start with the chair. There are some really simple steps you can take with any computer chair you are sitting in to greatly increase your comfort/health.

    1. Push your hips as far back as they can go in the chair.
    2. Adjust the seat height so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees equal to, or slightly lower than, your hips.
    3. Adjust the back of the chair to a 100°-110° reclined angle.
    4. Adjust the armrests (if fitted) so that your shoulders are relaxed.

These are some simple steps in regards to your chair that you can carry out. A lot of what is safety around a computer desk is based upon comfort, however, comfort is not always the most important thing. You want to remain seated with good posture like above, don’t let comfort get in the way of your health, sitting properly is a simple thing to do and it can help immensely.

In regards to your desk, a new thing that has been around for a little while now is desks that are height adjustable. This is a great thing to have if you can afford it for your workplace, or can justify the need for it to your bosses. A desk that adjusts to a height that enables you to stand up and work is a god send. It may sound weird but it is great. You obviously do not spend your entire day standing up at your desk (unless you’re that way inclined) but it is great to alternate between sitting and standing. It gets you to move around a bit and it helps stretch you out and you can continue doing your work.

Keyboards and mice can also be used incorrectly, make sure you have your keyboard positioned away from the front edge of your desk, the majority of the forearm is supposed to be on the desk with the fingers sitting comfortably on the middle row of keys. If sitting at a scalloped desk, the keyboard and mouse can be closer to the edge of the desk as the forearms can be supported by the desk shaping around the body.

This has just been a few simple tips that can greatly increase your comfort levels at work but also your safety, you don’t want to be twinging your back or neck while sitting at a desk now do you?

 

The hierarchy of controls

The hierarchy of controls is an essential tool in the OH&S education and the everyday practice of keeping safe while at work. As you can see from the picture below it breaks down the ways you should approach a hazard. It breaks it into 5 different categories ranging from most effective to least effective. Every category on the triangle is an effective method for handling a hazard and can be combined at times as well.

Elimination:

This is the best result for any hazard, to completely eliminate any risk from the task or to remove that particular task all together. This is obviously a great line to take if it is practical. Unfortunately there is very few scenarios where removing the task is viable. When there is a task that needs to be done, not doing that task is not a very effective way of well… doing the task. While it may be the most effective way to reduce risk it has always seemed to me to be a bit redundant.

Substitution:

Altering the tasks steps or altering the way the task is done to replace the hazard with a different thing is another way you can improve a hazardous situation. This step can also be a bit of a trap because sometimes there is a bit of a culture to just change something for the sake of change. When altering a task to try and replace the hazard the obvious thing needs to be said, make sure that the change you are doing is improving the task at hand while also making it safer. There is little point in improving the task if it makes the task itself less safe.

Engineering controls:

Engineering controls involve isolating people from the hazards present in a task, for instance, if there is a task that is usually completed at height if there is a way that the task can be done on the ground that would isolate the person from the hazard. Engineering controls also refer to things such as fitting guards over dangerous machinery that is used in a task that will stop the person from being able to get hurt by the dangerous aspect of the machine.

Administrative controls:

This involves education to the people who will be carrying out the task, this can include various safety meetings where information is passed both ways from management to staff and vice versa. Once the task is fully understood you can figure out a method of changing the way the task is carried out so it is safer. This is a viable method because education is always important and the more you understand something the better you will be at it.

PPE:

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is the last thing you should do to protect yourself from a hazard (sort of). The reason I say sort of is because PPE will likely be used in almost all work environments, regardless of which other hierarchy control is used. You will use PPE regardless, the idea is that you wouldn’t need to use PPE if the hazard was removed but generally if you are doing a job some part of it will require safety glasses, hearing protection or closed toe steel cap boots.

This has been a short breakdown of the hierarchy of controls and I hope it was informative.

Working at heights

In a vast majority of technical professions working at heights is unavoidable at times, sometimes the work that needs to be done is in a spot that you cannot reach without equipment. Whether this equipment is a ladder or a scissor lift or maybe you have to use a harness while working on a roof. I did a stint as a roof tiling apprentice when I was younger, I only survived a couple of years, that job is tough! With all hazards in the workplace, OH&S guidelines will recommend that you eliminate the hazard from your work routine as the first point of action. They obviously know that sometimes this will be impossible, you cannot tile a roof without … being on the roof, so a fall hazard will always be present. It is all about minimising the risk as best as you can.

Minimising fall risk

In this personal opinion article, I will mainly be drawing on my experiences as a roof tiler and a little bit from when I worked fixing planes. When it came to roof tiling it was all about reducing the risk on the roof, I moved interstate in the middle of my apprenticeship and this is actually what caused me to give up the job. In the first state I lived in the safety systems in place were quite robust, guardrail was present on every roof we worked on, the odds of falling off a roof were minimal as long as you paid due diligence. I moved interstate and took up roof tiling with a new crew. The safety elements in the new state were abysmal in comparison to the old systems that were in place in my previous work environment. This highlighted to me how important safety is because I was literally scared about injuring myself for the entire day and I could not move past that fact.

In a previous job fixing aeroplanes, the emphasis on safety was even more pronounced than in the better roof tiling job. While safety was important in the roof tiling job there was always an element of making sure to just get the job done, however in the hanger everything was about safety, not just for you but also for the equipment you were using. Sometimes you would have to work up at heigh on top of the jet, presenting an obvious fall risk. Fall arrest mats were used in case of a fall.

Working at heights can be dangerous but there is a huge amount of ways to make it safer for you and safer for everyone around you. If you are working on a platform at heigh make sure it has kick panels, you would hate to kick a tool off your platform and for it to land on somebodies head. If you are activating a scissor lift or a cherry picker make sure that you attach your harness before you start to raise the bucket. Common sense as always will always be the biggest factor when it comes to safety. Think safe, be safe.

If you are ever unsure about a safety aspect of any job you are doing make sure that you contact a safety supervisor in the workplace, if you don’t have one then maybe you need to find a different environment to work in, or talk to your supervisors about establishing a more prominent safety culture in your workplace. Roofers Brisbane provides roofing safety systems to ensure a safe workplace. Contact them click here.

No one deserves to get hurt at work.

 

Staying Safe at Work

Workplace Safety

When it comes to knowing the workplace and what hazards exist, employees and employers have big responsibilities on a ground level. The Canadian work code outline these responsibilities and rights that all workers have.

Employee Rights

As an employee, you have a great responsibility by, in which, your every move or lack of has the potential to cause a workplace incident. No one is as responsible for your personal safety as you are yourself. However, this does come with great rights as well. All employees have the right to;

  • Work in a safe environment
  • Be supplied with the correct equipment to maintain a safe environment
  • Be trained to become proficient to carry out regular tasks safely

Further rights outlined in the code are;

THE RIGHT TO KNOW

As an employee, you are eligible for the information the government pertains in relation to the employer’s health & safety record or similar. You have the right to be informed of any known hazards or foreseeable incidents that may arise from future planned tasks.

THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE

If an organisation or company has more than 300 employees, they are obligated to have a health & safety committee so members can participate in creating a safer work environment. You have the right to carry out the means necessary to create a safer and healthy environment for yourself or others around you.

THE RIGHT TO REFUSE

If a situation arises that you as the employee feel that the situation will become unsafe and lead to an injury or potential injury, then you have the right to stop the work and seek further input. The correct method of control must be followed and this can be found in the code.

Employee Responsibilities

As the employee, you must follow all regulations and rules for your workplace and from any governing authority in the applicable industry. Some examples include;

  • Using all provided safety devices or apparatuses
  • Co-operating with anyone that is utilising and abiding by the code
  • Report any unsafe acts or potential hazards
  • Comply with all oral or written direction in the positive promotion of safe environments

Employer responsibilities

The employer is crucial to preventing workplace incidents and mitigating risks. As an employer, you must ensure that all employees have the necessary level of supervision to assist them in carrying out their tasks safely. You must also ensure that the employees have access to tools and the necessary channels of communication to speak up about hazards or concerns they have.

Information, training, and supervision

As the employer, you must ensure all employees are aware of the tasks risks and hazards. You must provide the adequate training and protection necessary to mitigate the risk.

The employer must ensure that the safety committee that was appointed is carrying out regular meeting and field checks. This will raise awareness of safety while also making it easier for the employees to speak up about concerns. This, in turn, will create a better work environment for everyone.

Employer investigations

It is the employer’s responsibility to follow up all reports from employees and effectively act as required.

Inspections

Regular inspections will help reduce hazards and risks to all the workforce. It is imperative that regular checks are carried out. If a hazard or risk is reported then the employer has 30 days in which, they must provide a written response.

Accident investigations and reporting

Employers must report any serious accident within 24hrs to the Labour Program.

Once an investigation is completed the employer has 14 days since the time of an injury to re[port the findings to the Labour Program.

Employers Annual Hazardous Occurrence Report and the Work Place Committee Report are required annually.

Both parties play an important part in safety in the workp[lace and it is up to everyone to work together to achieve a safe working environment.

Life as an Electrician in the Oil & Gas industry

I have been working in and out of the Oil field as an electrician for the past 20 yrs. I have worked from Asia to the North Sea, including spells on land rigs in Russia and Siberia. I have met a lot of different people and had many great experiences.

THE DEMAND

Working away is demanding and generally 12 hour days for 28 days straight. Your ability to remain calm in a high pressure environment, where every minute is another few thousand dollars, can often test you. As an electrician you quickly need to adapt to the technology on the rig you are assigned to. This is not just for understanding how things operate but also so you can troubleshoot and install another add on to limp on to the next hole or shipyard maintenance schedule.

WHAT WE DO

An Electrician by definition is a qualified trades-person who carries out new fitment or repairs of electrical hardware and wiring. Ideally the individual has some experience of working in heavy industry, on planes, boats or oil rigs. This position more often than not starts with an apprenticeship where the student will work close by a more qualified individual to watch and learn while carrying out tasks, this is juxtaposed to having to sit in classrooms and not gain experience. The main systems we work on are high powered generators to supply the large motors for the Top Drive System (TDS), Iron Roughneck, high pressure cleaning pumps and other associated derrick machinery. It is not all about the large operation machinery, sometimes it feels like all you will be doing is changing fluorescent light tubes and sometimes that is all we do for an entire hitch. There is no area on the rig without power and that means there is nowhere that an electrician is not needed, this adds to the demand.

NEXT STEP TO BEING AN ELECTRICIAN

The requirement to always have competent and willing electricians is always there and jobs can be found on rig zone to get in to the oil & gas industry. Being an Electrician is often challenging and something you may also take a lot of pride in. It requires you to be responsible and willing to have people depend on you for the functionality of many operations simultaneously.

Safety is the forefront of many, if not all, jobs now and nowhere more prevalent then as an electrician. For the Electrician it is not just about working with high current or high voltage circuits but it is also about entering confined spaces or other workspaces that are not designed for humans to regularly go. It requires you to keep a reasonable level of physical health and fitness to be an Electrician. For the electrical aspect in safety, we always utilise a lock out procedure on circuits we are going to work on and always test for a ‘dead’ circuit.

Whatever field you enter as an electrician you are assured to be part of an ever evolving industry that is as demanding as rewarding.