Studio Induction This safety induction covers the following topics:1 Current safety procedures2 Equipment safety checks3 Designated safety representative4 10 important existing & potential hazards in the studio.5 Controlling risks 6 Reporting risks and incidents (including documentation process) 7 Studio meetings / inspection and consultative process for OH&S issues 8 Emergency procedures (ﬁre, injury, assault, power- outs) 9 Responsibilities of employers and employees under relevant health and safety legislation10 Commonly used hazard signs and safety symbols11 Resources related to OH&S National Policies
1. Current safety procedures• Incident Reporting: If you see a hazard and can not safely attend to it, report it. Reporting reduces risk of accidents.• A clean and tidy workplace: Clean up spills, trip hazards and obstructions immediately• Security: Do not bring in unregistered visitors or allow strangers to wander around the building without a pass unchallenged. If necessary, report them to the front desk.• Fire: We regularly conduct ﬁre drills to ensure everyone knows how to react to the alarm and where to meet for roll call. Ensure emergency exits are known and kept free from obstruction. Do not catch a lift in an emergency, use the stairs.
2. Equipment Safety Checks• First aid kits: locations are marked by signage with a green cross. Supplies should be checked once every three months by St John Ambulance representatives to ensure they are adequately stocked• Workstations: must be ergonomically set up and staff must abide by correct use of chairs and computers• Tagged electrical equipment: all electrical items must be tagged and approved for use by qualiﬁed electricians• Log new equipment: All new items must be logged and barcoded to ensure it is routinely checked
3. Designated Safety Officers Your Safety Ofﬁcers are responsible for all safety issues and activating the Emergency Action Team. The ofﬁcers include:• OHS Ofﬁcer - Bruce Thorn, x378• Fire Warden - Andrew McCallister, x334• Deputy Fire Warden - July Persall, x344• First Aid Ofﬁcer - Carol Clouso, x374• Deputy First Aid Ofﬁcer - Craig Reno x324 If the emergency is serious and you can not ﬁnd any of the above ofﬁcers quickly, call 000.
4. 10 potential hazards1. Lifting over you head to store or stack heavy items2. Leaning out from a ladder or step3. Standing on chairs4. Lifting or carrying excessively heavy items (15kg+)5. RSI - extended periods of repeated muscular action and position6. Stress7. Dimly lit storerooms8. Eye Strain caused by dimly lit or ﬂickering lights over workstations9. Drinking beverages over a computer10. Carelessly placed extension cords and cables
5. Controlling risks If you see a hazard and it is safe to do so, make it safe - use common sense. If something poses a hazard and you can’t safely ﬁx it, report it immediately and let others know of the danger/s.1. Do not lift over you head to store or stack heavy items2. Do not lean out from a ladder / steps or stand on chairs3. Use two people or a trolley to carry heavy items4. Take regular breaks (every 30 minutes) to avoid RSI related injuries5. Stress - exercise, eat well.6. Ensure storerooms and workstations are well lit7. Avoid drinking beverages over a computer8. Ensure extension cords and cables are safely positioned and bundled away from pedestrian areas and from your feet under your workstation
6. Reporting risks & incidents Any risk or incident must be reported as soon as possible to the OHS Ofﬁcer, Bruce Thorn on x378• Incidents and risks must be reported using the relevant forms found on the intranet under OHS policies• There are two separate forms: one is for reporting incidents and the other is for reporting risks.• Forms are to be completed, signed off by the Ofﬁce Manager and then submitted as a pdf to the OHS ofﬁcer. Do not send hard copies• Outcomes of submitted reports of risks and/or incidents will be followed up and supplied to relevant staff members.
7. Studio meetings / inspection and consultative process for OHS conduct annual studio meetings to ensure a system of inspection, review and audit is maintained to identify any potential or existing problems in the workplace.• Inspections: check for hazards and other operational safety issues• Reviews: examine workplace practices and procedures ensuring legal obligations, are met• Audits: review OHS systems and programs Inspections, reviews and audits will:• reveal potential issues before they become problems• show unsafe work practices• concentrate focus on good health and safety practices• reveal equipment problems, and• identify new hazards resulting from changes in the workplace.
8. Emergency procedures• An emergency may involve an unexpected event that is dangerous or threatening that has occurred or may potentially occur• Call any one of the Safety Ofﬁcers, who will activate the Emergency Action Team, and / or• In extreme emergency call 000 for Fire, Police or Ambulance• Make sure you know where the Emergency Kit is if required. This kit contains useful items and documents such as key documents, phone numbers and emergency equipment – for example a torch, ﬁrst aid kit, portable radio, plastic bags and spare batteries.• The Emergency Action Team will communicate all relevant emergency information to all your employees
8. Emergency procedures continued - Fire If there is a ﬁre, follow these procedures:• Evacuate using the nearest emergency exit, do not use elevators• Close all doors but do not lock• Maintain a sense of calm• If there is smoke, keep as low to the ground as possible• Proceed to evacuation area and wait there to be accounted for by one of the Emergency Action Team
8. Emergency procedures continued - Medical or If there is an emergency, follow these procedures:• Keep calm• Assess the situation• Get help or send someone for help - call 000• Do not move anyone who is injured unless they are in immediate danger• Stay with the injured person/s until help has arrived
8. Emergency procedures continued - Bomb Threat If there is a bomb threat made, follow these procedures:• Stay calm• Don’t panic or make return threats to the caller• Refer to the Bomb Threat Checklist and complete• Do not hang up• Write everything down• Inform the Emergency Action Team ASAP
9. Responsibilities of employers and employees under relevant health &• Employees: must act responsibly, take care of themselves and others and cooperate with your employer in matters of health and safety. This applies to all workers, whether they have a disability or not• Employers: are required to provide a safe and healthy workplace to protect employees against potential health and safety risks. Employers have a responsibility to ensure that all employees are covered by workers compensation insurance, and, in the event of a workplace injury they must assist an injured employee to work safely http://jobaccess.gov.au/Jobseekers/Getting_work/What_should_you_consider_before_looking_for_work/Occupational_health_and_safety/Pages/home.aspx