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Design studio occupational health & safety policy

  1. 1. Design Studio Occupational Health & Safety Induction & Policy <br />
  2. 2. Statement of Policy<br />Design Studio is committed to providing a safe workplace for all of its workers.<br />We recognize that all workers have the right to work in a safe and healthy environment, consistent with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Regulations for Construction Projects and any other applicable legislation.<br />Our company is committed to take every reasonable effort to eliminate the hazards that cause accidents and injuries.<br />Disregard or wilful violations of this Policy by employees at any level may be considered cause for disciplinary action in accordance with the company’s policies.<br />Greg Macdonald <br />CEO: Tina Cutie<br />Design Studio<br />13/10/2010<br />
  3. 3. Contents<br />Legislation - The Occupational Health Safety and<br /> Welfare Act, 1986<br />Employee and Employer responsibilities under the OHS&W Act<br />Regular Inspections of the Workplace<br />Safe Operating Procedures (SOP’s)<br />Health and Safety representatives<br />Accident and Incident Reporting and Investigation<br />Manual Handling<br />First Aid<br />Emergencies<br />
  4. 4. Legislation<br />The Occupational Health Safety and Welfare<br />Act, 1986. The aim of the Act is to protect<br />workers at work by promoting a culture of safety<br />awareness. Fines for breaches of this Act are<br />outlined within the document. The Act is<br />mandatory and must be complied with.<br />
  5. 5. Employer and EmployeeResponsibilities<br />Responsibilities of employers and<br />employees are outlined in the OHSW Act<br />1986.<br />Codes of Practice under the Act provide<br />practical guidance on how a health and<br />safety standard can be achieved. These<br />are mandatory requirements and should<br />be followed. Minimum standards are<br />stated and if there is another solution<br />which achieves the same or better<br />standard of health and safety it may be<br />used<br />
  6. 6. Regular Inspectionsof the Workplace<br />Regular Inspections of the Workplace are<br /> designed to identify hazards, including those<br /> in work processes, for assessment and<br /> control to maintain a safe environment<br />Inspections should be carried out on a regular<br /> basis and form part of the documentary<br /> evidence needed to maintain legislative standards<br />Inspections are carried out by Tina Cutie & Greg Macdonald<br /> who complete the checklist and identify<br /> hazards for correction<br />Inspections are carried out annually in<br /> low risk areas and more frequently<br /> where specific risks are identified<br /> it is the responsibility of staff in the area<br /> inspected to take remedial action<br />
  7. 7. Health and SafetyRepresentatives<br />Health and Safety (H&S) Representatives<br /> represent work groups for OH&S matters.<br />Greg Macdonald as the elected H&S representatives has statutory powers under the Act which enable the representative to take appropriate action should there be an unsafe work condition evident<br />Training, five days per annum, is provided for<br /> H&S representatives under the legislation<br />
  8. 8. Safe Operating Procedures<br />Where a specific hazard exists it may be<br /> appropriate to have safe operating procedures<br /> clearly described and posted close by so as they<br /> can be easily read and understood<br />International signage is useful<br /> where there may be difficulty in<br /> communication<br />
  9. 9. Common workplace hazard signs<br />
  10. 10. Incident Reportingand Investigation<br />Accidents and Incidents should<br /> be reported within 24hours<br />The OH&S representative is responsible for the follow up and investigation of all incidents and accidents and is required to complete the accident, incident, hazard form.<br />
  11. 11. Top 10 workplace hazards to manage <br />RSI: Repetitive strain injury<br />Noise<br />Hazardous substances<br />Legionella<br />Fire<br />Gas<br />Electricity <br />Smoking<br />Slips, Trips and Falls<br />Depression - god knows, I can’t take much more of this mindless periphery  (but I do understand the importance)<br />
  12. 12. Manual Handling<br />Training in manual handling is<br /> available internally or externally to all employees <br />Training is recommended for any person who is required to perform manual handling duties as part of<br /> their work<br />Manual handling information is<br /> available as a Regulation and Code of Practice<br />Contact your OH&S rep for more information<br />
  13. 13. First Aid<br />The nominated First aid personnel are responsible for maintaining the kits to comply with the current Code of Practice, currently Greg Macdonald is the first aid officer<br />
  14. 14. Emergencies<br />Make note of emergency numbers: <br /> -health and safety representative<br /> -first aid officer<br /> -police<br /> -ambulance<br /> -fire<br />Be familiar with evacuation procedures<br /> and muster points for your area:<br />Design Studio muster point is currently the Staff car parking area<br />DO NOT enter buildings if alarms are sounding<br />
  15. 15. What This Means<br />Everyone has a responsibility to<br /> themselves and others to ensure a safe<br /> work environment<br />Accidents and incidents must be reported<br /> and investigated with corrective action<br /> taken to prevent a reoccurrence<br />Regular Inspections must be carried out to ensure a safe work environment <br />
  16. 16. OH&S Resources<br />Infrastructure Health & Safety Association<br /><br />WorkCover Tasmania<br /><br />Safety Institute of Australia<br /><br />