Who Is Responsible for Safety?

Safety is everyone's responsibility! As an employee, you should:

♦ Learn to work safely and take all rules seriously.

♦ Recognize hazards and avoid them.

♦ Report all accidents, injuries & illness to supervisor immediately.

♦ Inspect tools before use to avoid injury.

♦ Wear all assigned personal protective equipment.

On the other hand, it is managements responsibility to:

♦ Provide a safe and healthy workplace

♦ Provide personal protective equipment

♦ Train employees in safe procedures & how to identify hazards.

Everyone must be aware of potential hazards on the job:

♦ Poor housekeeping results in slips, trips and falls

♦ Electricity can cause shocks, burns or fire if not handled properly

♦ Poor material handling may cause back problems or other injuries

♦ Tools and equipment can cause injuries if guards or protective devices are disengaged.

Always use the protections that are provided on the job:

♦ Guards on machines and tools keep body parts from contacting moving equipment

♦ Insulation on electrical equipment prevents burns, shock and fire

♦ Lockout/tagout assures equipment is de-energized before it is repaired

♦ Personal protective equipment shields your body from hazards you may face on the job.

In case of emergency:

♦ Understand alarms and evacuation routes

♦ Know how to notify emergency response personnel

♦ Implement a procedure for leaving the scene safely so emergency personnel can do their job

♦ Wipe up spills promptly and correctly.

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First cancer lawsuit over weedkiller Roundup filed in Australia

A Melbourne gardener has launched legal action against a global pharmaceutical giant in the first Australian case to link cancer with popular weedkiller Roundup.

Michael Ogalirolo, 54, was diagnosed in 2011 with non Hodgkin lymphoma, after more than 18 years of exposure to glyphosate, the active component in Roundup.

OUR VERY STRONG RECOMMENDATION

1. Print & read your SDS Register! On the "Safety Data Sheets & Index" page press the "SDS Index" button.

2. Identify your Hazardous Substances and Dangerous Goods (they are all marked on your SDS Register).

3. Ensure your workers and subbys always have access to all SDS either electronically or hard copy.

4. Ensure your workers and sub contractors understand what PPE they MUST wear for each substance.

5. Ensure the required PPE is always available to workers.

6. Ensure they actually do wear the required PPE.

YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS COULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE

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Crystalline silica dust containing crystalline silica can have very harmful health effects.

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What is crystalline silica?

Crystalline silica (quartz) is a natural mineral. It’s found in stone products such as reconstituted stone, granite and sandstone. It’s also in other building materials such as concrete, bricks and mortar. How much crystalline silica is present depends on the material. Reconstituted stone can have very high crystalline silica content – up to 95%.

Exposure to crystalline silica dust

When you do things like cut, grind, drill or polish products that contain crystalline silica, it releases very fine dust. Some of the dust is so small you may not be able to see it. Workers in industries like stonemasonry, construction and the extractives industry may be exposed to crystalline silica dust. Benchtop fabrication workers are at higher risk, because they regularly work with reconstituted stone.

Control the exposure

♦ Use tools with water suppression
♦ Use on tool extraction
♦ Wear a fit for purpose respirator

Health risks

Silica dust can be harmful when it's inhaled into your lungs. Exposure can lead to deadly diseases, including
♦ silicosis
♦ lung cancer
♦ kidney disease
♦ autoimmune disease

Silicosis occurs when crystalline silica dust scars the lungs. It's a serious and incurable disease, with symptoms including shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue and weight loss. In severe cases, silicosis can require a lung transplant or lead to death.

Carry out air monitoring

By law, employers must carry out air monitoring if they are not sure if their employees are exposed to levels of silica dust that are above the exposure standard, or they can’t work out if there’s a risk to employee health without air monitoring.

Ensure an annual health check

Employers must provide health monitoring if exposure to crystalline silica is likely to affect employees' health.

QUARRY OWNER JAILED FOR 18 MONTHS

The manager of a quarry where a worker was crushed to death on-site in central Queensland has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for safety breaches.

Rushing to get a central Queensland quarry operating, against the advice of experienced contractors, was a key factor in the death of a young worker who was pulled into a conveyer belt, a court has heard.

Sean Scovell, 21, was killed after he became entangled in a running conveyor belt at the South Moranbah Quarry, north-west of Rockhampton in central Queensland, six months after the quarry was hurried into operation by managing director William McDonald.

McDonald, his company MCG Quarries and site senior supervisor Tony Addinsall were found guilty of multiple charges of failing their health and safety obligations following Mr Scovell's death.

The company, which is now insolvent, was fined $400,000 for breaching health and safety obligations. Mr Addinsall was fined $35,000, but no conviction was recorded.

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Why you should get a flu shot this winter

In 2017, over 650 people died from influenza in NSW. The flu is much more serious than a cold and very infectious. You've likely got a full blown respiratory illness if the following symptoms last for at least a week:

♦ fever and chills cough,

♦ sore throat; and running or stuffy nose muscle aches,

♦ joint pains, headaches and fatigue (feeling very tired)

♦ nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea (more common in children)

An annual flu shot is your best protection - it's safe and doesn't give you the flu, despite the misconception.

You need a new shot before winter every year because flu viruses are constantly mutating. Each year, a new flu vaccine is prepared to best match the strains predicted for the coming flu season.

Flu shots are free at your GP for:

♦ pregnant women

♦ children six months to five years and under

♦ all Aboriginal people from six months of age

♦ people with serious health conditions, including severe asthma, diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, kidney, heart, lung or liver disease

♦ all people 65 years and over.

Even if you don't qualify for a free shot, it's well worth paying $15 to $20 to avoid suffering a bout of this horrendous annual bug or passing it onto your family and colleagues. You can spread the flu by coughing or sneezing or touching surfaces where infected droplets have landed. Adults with the flu are infectious from the day before their symptoms start until 5-7 days later and young children and people with weakened immune systems may be infectious for longer. So...to prevent the flu, get a shot, cover your mouth with your elbow when coughing or sneezing, wash hands frequently and stay home if you're sick.

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Experienced

270 Integrated Management Systems installed across all States & Territories as at May 2019

115 Civil/Earthmoving, 50 Asphalt/Bitumen, 16 Quarries, 13 Engineering Workshops,
9 Haulage, 8 Plumbers, 7 Builders, 7 Asphalt Plants, 6 Line Markers, 7 Electricians,
5 Mobile Cranes, 5 Fencers, 5 Drillers, 5 Arborists, 4 Traffic Mngnt, 4 Waste Removers,
4 Profilers, 3 Landscapers, 3 Hydro Excavators, 3 Sheep/Cattle/Cropping Stations, 3 Solar Installer, 2 Irrigation Installers, 2 Concrete Plant, 2 Pest Mgmt, 2 Grass Slashers,
2 Shire Councils, 2 Conveyor Maint, 2 Road Barrier Installers, 1 Concrete Paver,
1 Restaurant, 1 Concrete Pump, 1 Winery/Vineyard, 1 Swimming Pool Installer,
1 Retail/Wholesale, 1 Liquid Waste Removals.

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Do you operate Fatigue-Regulated Heavy Vehicles?

If your company operates vehicles with a GVM over 12t or a combination when the total of the GVM is over 12t you need to be aware of your responsibilities under National Heavy Vehicle Laws and Regulations.

One of these responsibilities is that you will manage fatigue.

As a part of your Smarter Safety Integrated Management System you have a documented Fatigue Management Plan for Heavy Vehicle Drivers. This is either WHS-06.1 or OHS-06.1 depending on your state. You need to ensure all of your drivers are aware of this document and their responsibilities.

In order to correctly manage your Fatigue Management responsibilities, you are required to keep records of your drivers work and rest times and these should also be audited for accuracy. For some of you your drivers will be keeping a National Driver Work Diary but for those who are not, a written record of this information needs to be kept.

Smarter Safety has developed a form that is similar to the NDWD for use by drivers working within a 100km radius of their depot. If you would like us to add this form to your system please send an email to support@smartersafety.com.au

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