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First Aid in the Workplace

Under the Work Health and Safety Act it is required by Australian law for all workers to have access to first aid equipment, facilities and trained first aid personnel. The first aid equipment and facilities must match the type of work being performed, size and location of the workplace, number of employees and number of potential customers or visitors. StartFragment A First Aid Risk Factor In regards to first aid, workplaces can be classified as either high or low risk. This classification determines what first aid measures should be in place to abide by Australian laws. Safe Work Australia characterises high risk workplaces by: The use of hazardous machinery such as chainsaws, power presse

Hydration in the Workplace

Need for Fluids & Electrolytes StartFragment The human body is made up of nearly 60% water (brain tissue is 85% water). Water is excreted from the body in a variety of ways, including urinating, sweating and from the lungs when breathing. The body needs water to function correctly; to regulate temperature, protect tissue and joints, remove waste, aid digestion and nourish the brain. Electrolytes control the osmosis or movement of water between body compartments and they help maintain the acid-base balance required for normal cellular activities. Electrolytes are necessary for most bodily functions, especially muscular and nerve performance. Electrolytes are solutions of acids, bases or salts

How to Correctly Fit A Harness

It’s simple - an ill-fitting harness does not provide the same standard of protection as a proper fitting one. In fall protection there is no room for just ‘okay’, and with multiple sizes, webbing and components it can be hard to determine your perfect fit. Follow our ATOM Safety tips to make sure you get the best fit possible. 1. Pick up your harness, and give it a little shake Pick up your harness by the D-ring (shackle), that when worn will sit in the middle back. When this is done the leg, chest and shoulder straps should all fall into place. Give it a little shake to make sure everything is sitting where it should. 2. Inspect your harness Before putting on your harness make sure that al

Shock Absorbing - What Does it Mean?

When a worker free falls from a height their body builds kinetic energy as it moves towards the ground. The greater this energy, the greater the force of impact. Even if a worker is wearing a lanyard during a free fall, the body will still feel a forceful impact during arrest. This is where shock absorbing technology is important. With no shock absorbing technology, the body will feel the full force of energy build up during free fall, potentially causing injury. It is for this reason non-shock absorbing lanyards should only be used for restraining purposes, not fall arrest. Shock absorbing lanyards are designed to keep the force experienced during an arrested fall to below 900lbs (4kN). The

Decoding Height Safety Regulations

Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) height safety regulations come into effect once workers are required to complete a task over 2m above ground. Under this height, worksites should use due diligence, assessing potential fall hazards and ensuring they are appropriately managed. Work conducted over a height of 2m is considered ‘high fall risk’. Worksites are then required to manage this risk by implementing reasonable and practical controls. In order to manage risk under WHS regulations the persons with primary duty of care are required to: IDENTIFY any reasonably foreseeable hazards that have the potential to lead to risk ELIMINATE said risk as far as reasonably practical IMPLEMENT control mea

Drop Protection – Why it is Important

It isn’t just people that are at risk of falling at height. Equipment or materials can also fall or be dropped, and when they do, they can have serious consequences for those below. In 2017, there were 16 work-related fatalities directly caused by a falling object. Safe Work Australia published that 3,445 serious work injury claims were submitted after being hit by a falling object in the 2013/14 financial year. Like people, anything of mass creates kinetic energy as it falls through space. This energy is released as impact force once it hits another mass, whether it be the ground or a workers hard hat. This energy increases with the weight of the object and how far it travels. A 500g hammer

Protect Your Skin from the Sun

You may be surprised to learn that the skin is the largest organ in the human body. Not only functioning to provide a barrier between sensitive tissue and external irritants, the skin contains nerve endings which relay information about our surroundings (such as temperatures, textures and pain) to the brain. Therefore, it is imperative to our overall wellbeing that we look after our skin. We’re all aware of the sun on a warm, sunny day, but even during cooler weather the sun can have a damaging effect on the skin. Exposure to harmful ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays for even only a few minutes can cause painful sunburn and even cause the growth of life-threatening melanomas.

Types of Karabiners

Karabiners are a little thing that make a world of difference. Below is a breakdown of the four most common karabiners for height safety: Single Acting Non-Locking – Least secure, but does provide a fast, hassle free connection Double Action Self Locking – Relatively secure with a quick connection but requires two hands to insert a device. In some circumstances the rubbing of a rope on equipment can unlock the gate so vigilance is required Manual Locking Screw Gate – Relatively secure when locked by the worker, but requires constant attention to make sure it doesn’t unlock itself. Screw gates are more reliable in dirty or harsh environments in comparison to their self locking counterparts Tr

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