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  • Like all workplaces, libraries have a range of hazards that pose varying levels of risk. These guidelines aim to highlight some of the more common library hazards and some general principles to help in their control.
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    • 1. Occupational Health & Safety in the Library Your guide to The Safe Plan System
    • 2. This presentation summarises information about:
      • Common library hazards
      • Workplace health and safety regulation
      • Identifying and managing risks
    • 3. Library workers may be exposed to many unsafe situations at work.
      • Common workplace injuries include:
      • Back injuries
      • Neck and upper arm injuries
      • Slips, trips and falls
      • Stress related disorders
    • 4. Queensland Workplace Health & Safety Legislation
      • Consists of three main parts:
      • The Workplace Health & Safety Act (1995)
      • The Workplace Health & Safety Regulation (1997)
      • Industry Codes of Practice & Advisory Standards
    • 5. Employers’ Obligations:
      • Ensure the health and safety of each of the employer’s workers at work
      • Ensure their own health and safety
      • Ensure the health and safety of other people who are not workers; for example visitors and patrons.
    • 6. Workers’ Obligations
      • Comply with the employer’s instructions regarding health and safety
      • Use personal protective equipment if it is provided and if you have been trained in its use
      • Do not deliberately interfere with, or misuse, anything that has been provided for workplace health and safety
      • Do not deliberately endanger anyone’s workplace health and safety
      • Do not deliberately injure yourself
    • 7. Your Workplace Health & Safety Officers
      • WH&S Representative –
          • Brad Colbourne ext. 290
      • Workplace Rehabilitation Co-Ordinator
          • Lillias Connell ext. 445
      • Risk Management/WH&S Co-Ordinator
          • George Dragon ext. 226
    • 8. Workplace Health and Safety Committee
      • Promote co-operation between employers and workers about WH&S.
      • Provides information to workers and advice to the employer on WH&S matters.
    • 9. Risk Management
      • Everyone’s responsibility!
    • 10. Risk Management – Everyone’s Responsibility
      • Identify hazards
      • Assess the risk
      • Decide on control measures to manage the risk
      • Make the changes
      • Monitor the effectiveness of measures.
    • 11. Training
      • Workplace training should include:
      • Safe work procedures
      • Correct use of equipment, tools, furniture, PPE, etc.
      • Hazard identification methods
      • Risk control methods
      • Efficient movements and postures
      • As part of the induction training, you should be advised of emergency exits, first aid facilities and any trained first aid officers, location of fire extinguishers and emergency contact phone numbers.
    • 12. Workplace Health & Safety
      • Further information:
        • WH&S Information Kit
        • Council’s Intranet
        • Your supervisor
        • WHSR (Brad)
        • Workplace Rehabilitation Co-Ordinator (Lillias)
        • Risk Management/WH&S Co-Ordinator (George)
        • Workplace Health and Safety Committee.