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  1. 1. Induct and Refresh
  2. 2.  OH&S stands for occupational health and safety. It is the “cross-disciplinary area concerned with the safety, heath and welfare of people engaged in work or employment.” It is the measures taken by the employer to make the working environment as safe and productive as possible for all who use it. There are laws and legislation which have been designed to optimise workplace safety and to protect all Australian workers.
  3. 3.  New work health and safety (WHS) laws commenced on 1 January 2012 in many states and territories to harmonise occupational health and safety (OH&S) laws across Australia. Those states and territories (including Tasmania) which did not implement these new laws are still responsible for making and enforcing their own OH&S Act.
  4. 4. Safe work procedures for office equipment:
  5. 5.  All senior staff are required to attain an Occupational First Aid certificate:
  6. 6.  We use this checklist for ergonomic equipment considerations:
  7. 7.  We use this checklist to ensure the safest and most healthy workstations are provided for our workers:
  8. 8.  If you have any questions about safety in the workplace, your current designated safety representative is Olivia Higgins-Shaw. She is available to answer all enquiries and concerns you may have about safety issues.
  9. 9.  Power-cords and cables: should not trail across the floor where they can be tripped over; power-boards should not be overloaded. Surfaces: floor surfaces should be clean and clear of obstructions, even, and non-slip; work surfaces should be uncluttered and must be able to bear the weight of the equipment upon it. Manual handling: if heavy objects need to be moved or lifted, correct equipment (trolleys etc.) and procedure (bend & lift) must be used.
  10. 10.  Stress: if workers are feeling the effects of stress they should communicate this without fear of reproach. It is in all our best interests to reduce stress. Chemicals: correct handling procedures should be followed; correct disposal of chemicals and related equipment should be followed; sufficient ventilation is required. Workstation: checklists should be used to ensure workstations are set up to be of maximum health to each individual worker.
  11. 11.  Kitchen: the staff kitchen should be set up to ensure safety of electrical equipment, hot water etc. Bullying: all incidents of bullying should be reported immediately and handled seriously. Lighting: sufficient lighting should be provided to prevent eye-strain and to reduce tripping and highlight hazardous debris such as sharp objects or foodstuffs. Training: all stuff must be made aware of emergency procedures and safety training i.e. First aid.
  12. 12.  Analyze site operations. Obtain necessary documentation and information. Designate person to administer the office safety procedure requirements. Provide required training of office personnel. Inventory material and equipment i.e. Hazard warning signs; lighting; ladders; chemicals. Perform annual inspection, assessment, testing. Continue to review documentation and information. Provide refresher training. Inspect/replace/maintain material and equipment.
  13. 13.  Staff reports risk or incident to manager immediately. Manager must take action to prevent any person being further exposed to the hazard. Appropriate medical or other emergency services should be contacted immediately if required. If the event is a serious incident or dangerous occurrence notify the OH&S unit immediately. Conduct an investigation with the worker, consulting with the health & safety representative and / or OH&S Consultant as required.
  14. 14.  Identify the factors which may have contributed to the hazard or incident. Assess the level of risk associated with the hazard & determine controls/actions to eliminate the hazard or reduce the risk. Implement the controls allocating responsibility to person/s and giving time frames. All sections of the Incident / Hazard Report must be faxed to the OH&S Consultant.
  15. 15.  Example of incident/hazard report:
  16. 16.  Establish a workplace OHS committee. Have meetings, workshops, surveys and suggestion boxes to ensure open communication between committee and employees. Provide general OHS information such as laws & legislation and their implication to the studio. Make sure all input from employees is valued. Ensure management shows strong commitment to OHS committee. Involve employees in all OHS procedures i.e. Identifying hazards and developing control strategies.
  17. 17.  Have an Emergency Management Plan (EMP) in place, such as the one below:
  18. 18.  Make written information regarding emergency procedures available to all staff. Provide regular evacuation training. Suitably trained personnel should be nominated to act in specific roles in the case of an emergency i.e. Fire warden, first aid officer(s). Example of emergency procedurein case of fire. This is the type ofwritten information/signagewhich should be made available:
  19. 19. EMPLOYER: WORKER: Provide and maintain safe  All workers have a duty of equipment and systems of care to ensure that they work work. in a manner that is not Implement arrangements for harmful to their own health the safe use of chemicals. and safety and the health Maintain the workplace in a and safety of others. safe condition.  You must notify your Provide workers and employer of any injury or contractors with adequate illness within 30 days of you facilities. becoming aware of it. Make sure workers have adequate information to conduct work in a safe manner.
  20. 20.  Adequately monitor your  If you need medical workers’ health. treatment or time off work Keep information and because of your injury or records relevant to your illness, you need to make a workers health and safety. claim. Employ or engage people  An injured worker can be with the necessary represented, assisted and qualifications or expertise to supported in the return to advise you on health & safety work process. affecting your workers. Consult with employees on matters that may directly affect their health, safety or welfare.
  21. 21.  Safe Work Australia: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/Pages/defau lt.aspx Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities: http://www.hwsa.org.au/ National OHS Strategy 2002-2012: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/AboutSafe WorkAustralia/WhatWeDo/Publications/Documents/230/N ationalOHSStrategy_2002-2012.pdf OH&S/WHS Acts, Regulations and Codes of Practice: http://www.business.gov.au/BusinessTopics/Occupationalhe althandsafety/Pages/OHandSActsRegulationsandCodesofPra ctice.aspx OH&S Handbook: http://ohshandbook.com.au/

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