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Dangerous Equipment - Tracked Excavator

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tody I am continuing the theme started earlier this week and posting another picture of unsafe equipment.

The photograph can be used in its own right as a daily "safety moment" to highlight the dangers of using unsafe equipment.  See the information below the image for points to discuss in the toolbox talk.

I've also put the pictures into a Power Point slide show to be used in a tool-box talk.

To access the Dangerous Equipment tool-box talk, visit the blog on Saturday 3rd March 2012.

Today's example of dangerous equipment shows a trackhoe with the windshield (safety barrier) missing.  Although the photo doesn't show it, the excavator also had a broken exhaust which was allowing engine exhaust gas to pass directly into the driving compartment.

The excavator was being used to dig-in fly ash (fine dust) from a power station and both the operator and the machine were covered in the hazardous substance.  Another shocker!


Always remember the Think 6, Look 6 hazard management process:

Hazards = hazardous substances including fly ash and carbon monoxide gas; radiation (hot day) and noise;

Triggers = broken windshield, broken air conditioner, broken exhaust, lack of preventative maintenance;

Potential incidents = exposure of operator to airborne flyash and carbon monoxide, exposure to heat and cold and exposure to noise;

Consequences = respiratory problems, asphyxiation, heat stress, hearing impairment;

What should you do to control the hazards?


Dangerous Equipment - Vehicles

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Over the years of working in the safety field, I've come across numerous examples of unsafe equipment in use.

So over the coming week I'm posting pictures of some of the most "infamous" examples of unsafe equipment.

Each photograph can be used in its own right as a daily "safety moment" to highlight the dangers of using unsafe equipment.  Information for use in the tool-box talk is shown below the image.

I've also put the pictures into a Power Point slide show to be used in a tool-box talk.

To access the Dangerous Equipment tool-box talk, visit the blog on Saturday 3rd March 2012 .

Today's example of dangerous equipment shows a vehicle I recently noticed being driven around on site.  Quite a shocker!

Always remember to use the Think 6, Look 6 hazard management process:

Hazards = the kinetic energy involved in the vehicle's motion once it starts to move.  Kinetic energy in the form of stored pressure within the tyre itself;

Triggers = the damaged wheel rim is the main trigger here;

Potential incidents = tyre burst, roll over or vehicle collision; and explosive release of pressure causing people to be struck by flying rubber;

Consequences = death or serious injury in a vehicle accident, equipment damage, travel delay if a simple "flat" tyre;

What should you do to control the hazards?


Workplace Health and Safety Harmonisation

Graham Marshall - Monday, February 27, 2012

Organizations and individuals who disregard the workplace health and safety (WHS) harmonization laws coming into effect in Australia face draconian penalties of up to $600,000 or five years' in jail for major breaches.

So, our message is that you ignore the new WHS laws at your own peril!

The new WHS legislation gives a much broader definition to the role of "officer" that previous Acts; meaning managers, senior managers and directors are vulnerable to prosection over OHS failures.

Each individual falling under the "officer" definition owes a "duty of care", which cannot be delegated. 

Under the new legislation, "officers" are required to exercise due-diligence in order to ensure the person conducting a business or undertaking complies with their duty of care.

Meeting the due-diligence requirements includes taking reasonable steps to identify and understand hazards; evaluating the risk posed by the business or operations; and developing control processes.

In meeting the new requirements, officers must be proactive and they are legally-bound to consult, co-operate and co-ordinate their activities with other officers of the business, considering OHS issues.

The new laws also replace the term "employer" with a phrase stating "person conducting a business or undertaking". 

The traditional term "employee" has also been replaced in the new Act with the word "worker", to encompass a wider range of people - including employees, volunteers, contractors and subbies, apprentices, students and outworkers.

At the Risk Tool Box, we advise employers wishing to meet the requirements of the new WHS laws to implement the following actions:

1.  Identify those persons who would be expected to be defined as "officers" under the new legislation;

2.  Implement a process to ensure "officers" are able to comply with the new laws;

3.  Develop a reporting process; and

4.  Provide necessary training.

So far, only NSW, the ACT, Queensland, the NT and the Commonwealth have enacted the new WHS laws; but the new laws have serious implications for any nationwide businesses operating across state or territory boarders.

Further information on the new legislation can be found on the Safe Work Australia website.

WA's only home grown safety program

Graham Marshall - Sunday, February 26, 2012

If you're in Western Australia, please keep an eye open for our new vehicle advertising campaign.


Confined Spaces JSA

Graham Marshall - Saturday, February 25, 2012
If you're looking for a free JSA on working in confined spaces, I'm afraid you've come to the wrong spot. 

While you'll find our stuff inexpensive, we're not a charity so we don't give our JSAs away.

If you'd like to review what we offer in regard to a completed JSA for managing the risk involved in confined space working, simply click here.

Storage Terminal Operators Conference and Exhibition

Graham Marshall - Friday, February 24, 2012

The 2012 Storage Terminal Operators’ Conference & Exhibition (StocExpo) is to take place this year at the Ahoy Expo Centre, Rotterdam,  Netherlands from 13th to 15th March (next month).

StocExpo describes itself as the International event for the bulk liquid storage sector; and the conference programme is described by StocExpo as hosting presentations that are up-to-date and constructive for those in attendance

The exhibition also boasts a diverse range of products and services from the world's top tank construction, automation, metering, engineering, valve, fire prevention, mixing, steel and vapour recovery companies among many other disciplines.

Exhibitors are from international exhibiting companies ranging from construction to service suppliers through to the tank industry including:

Tank design, construction & maintenance;

Metering & Measuring;

Inspection & Certification;

Pumps & Valves;

Loading equipment & Gantries;

Spill care & environmental services (tank cleaning) & Safety;

Automation & systems integration;

Corrosion Protection, Coating & Piping;

Roofs, Domes & Seals;

Steel, Aluminium & Heavy Duty Metal;

Pumps, Valves & Actuators;

Hoses & Couplers;

Engineering & Turnkey Solutions;

Vapour Recovery;

Leak Detection; and

Chemical Mixing.

United Airlines Performance Problems

Graham Marshall - Thursday, February 23, 2012

Today feels to me like the movie "Groundhog day" which starred Bill Murrey.

I'm once again on a trip from my home in Perth (Australia) to a job in Minot (ND, USA).

Having successfully crossed Australia, and then the Pacific Ocean on time and without flight problems, I've arrived into LAX and immediately "experienced" flying conditions in the USA.

As per the usual "Groundhog day" script whenever I seem to fly in the USA, the first flight from LAX to Denver was cancelled (without notice).  After a run from one terminal to another, rechecking-in and re-security screening, I managed to get a delayed flight with another carrier which got me to Denver 15 minutes before my next leg was due to leave.

But guess what? As per every single time (five so far) I've flown the last segment with United Airlines from Denver, they've gone and cancelled the scheduled flight and rebooked me on the next available  - which just happens to nearly 9 hours later!

So that's two USA flights cancelled on the same day and a nine hour delay to boot.

No wonder the US economy is in the can - how can anyone do business when the airlines are so slapdash with scheduling? 


CAMEO Database of Hazardous Chemicals

Graham Marshall - Thursday, February 23, 2012

CAMEO is a fantastic database of hazardous chemicals that has been developed (for free) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the USA.  Find it online here.

Emergency responders and planners can use CAMEO to get response recommendations and predict hazards, such as explosions or chemical fires.

You can search through thousands of data sheets, using a name, identification number, or other search criteria to find a particular chemical of interest.

Data sheets for each chemical provide critical response information, including physical properties, health hazards, information about air and water hazards, and recommendations for fire fighting, first aid, and spill response.

Additional data sheets based on UN/NA identification numbers provide response information from the Emergency Response Guidebook and shipping information from the HAZMAT Table (49 CFR 172.101).

Additionally, you can make a collection of chemicals and then use the chemical reactivity tool to predict what hazards could arise if the chemicals were to mix together.

The CAMEO software suite is available in both online and desktop versions and it is free.

Australians for Northern Development and Economic Vision

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The team at the Risk Management Tool Box supports the objectives of Australians for Northern Development and Economic Visions (ANDEV).

In particular, we support any policy efforts by any tier of Australian Government which work towards the following objectives:

+   Further and more rapid development of the northern half of Australia;

+   The creation of special economic zones across the top-end;

 +   Big tax breaks for employers and employees involved in opening-up the Northern region;

+   Government assistance for companies involved in development projects in the far north;

+   Easier access for overseas workers wanting to work in the northern half of Australia;

+   Faster approvals process for major projects; and

+  Less Government "red-tape" altogether.

If Australians want their standards of living to continue to increase, we need Government policy that supports endeavour, hard work, minerals exploration and exploitation, project development and foreign investment.  All tied to a more rapid development of Northern Australia, from Karratha in the West to Darwin in the North and across to Cape York in the East.




Identifying Open Water Oil Spills

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Emergency preparedness is is the sixth step in our Think 6,  Look 6 hazard and risk management process.

And an important step to any oil spill response is to quickly assess the character and extent of oil spilled on the water.

This information can then be used to prioritize an appropriate spill-response and to direct the overall cleanup.

To facilitate oil spill preparedness, the good folks at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have created this job aid: Open Water Oil Identification Job Aid for Aerial Observation.

The job aid covers these topics:

•  Introduction and basic overview of how to visually assess spilled oil;

•  Glossary of standard terms used in pollution response;

•  Codes you will use to describe oil colors and structure/distribution;

•  Chart for visually estimating the percent coverage of spilled oil;

•  Thickness and concentration values for each of the oil color codes;

•  Checklist for organizing and recording observations of spilled oil; and

•  Photos showing different types and distributions of oil on water and common response activities.

To download a copy of the job aid, simply click here.

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