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Does OHS Training Work?

Graham Marshall - Thursday, July 26, 2012

Statistics for the 2010 period, published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), show that about 80 per cent of workplace fatalities in Australia occurred in the following industries:

+   Construction (28 deaths);

+   Non-mining primary industries (26);

+   Manufacturing (15);

+   Transport and storage (14); and

+   Mining (6).

A comparison of the number of workplace fatalities and the rate of OHS training within each sector shows an interesting "inverse" relationship.

The highest fatality rate, at 6.9 fatalities per 100,000 workers, was in the non-mining primary industries, which the ABS also shows to have a low rate of OHS training. Only 52 per cent of workers in these non-mining primary industries had received appropriate OHS training.

This fatality rate was almost double that for the mining industry, which was 3.5 per 100,000 workers.  The ABS showed that 92 per cent of mining workers had received appropriate OHS training.

It seems apparent that understanding and applying the hazard and risk management process through the implementation of risk management tools such as Stepback, JSA or Risk Assessment is important to staying healthy and safe.

Feel free to get in touch about our Stepback, JSA and Risk Assessment training programs as it is clear that they have the potential to continue to play important roles.

Gladstone LNG Picks Risk Tool Box

Graham Marshall - Saturday, July 21, 2012

We're proud to announce the Gladstone LNG has chosen the Risk Tool Box to provide Stepback and Job Hazard Analysis training to its 300 Supervisory staff working in Queensland.

Starting with an initial roll-out over the next 2-3 weeks and training about 150 supervisors, the Stepback and JHA training will take place in Brisbane and Roma in Queensland.

A second roll-out is then planned for September 2012.

Having already provided training to over a thousand employees, this new contract is a further indication of support for our hazard and risk management program.

To find out more about our JHA and stepback training programs, contact us by clicking this link.

New JSA Manual now Available

Graham Marshall - Friday, July 20, 2012

We're happy to announce that a newly-printed  edition of our award-winning Job Safety Analysis Manual is now available for purchase.  The last print-run of 5,000 copies has sold out.

Still containing a guide to completing a JSA and a risk assessment, and with 46 "ready-made" JSA's covering the hazards and required-controls across a wide variety of hazardous workplace tasks, the new JSA Manual has been improved by the addition of "secret spiral binding" wihtin the spine which allows for easier use in the field.

The JSA Manual can now be opened-out fully and laid flat on any surface making it easier for Supervisors and other workers to make use of the JSA Manual when on worksites.

We think the new version of the JSA Manual will prove even more popular than out previous version.

To get your copy of the new and improved Job Safety Analysis Manual,simply click this link.



JHA for Work Under Power Lines

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Enclosed here is a free Job Safety Analysis for use when work is being done below over-head live electrical lines.

The free JSA shows the format of all the other JSAs which are included in our JSA Manual

You'll see the JSA highlights the hazards, triggers, incidents, consequences, prevention controls and escalation controls which may be required when working underneath live lines.

The JSA also highlights the various risk management responsibilities when co-ordinating such work tasks.

Our award-winning JSA Manual is available for purchase from the website.  Simply click this link to find out more.



JSA for Excavation Work

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Activities involving the digging of trenches or tunnels by hand or using machines pose significant risk. 

The risk management tasks to ensure worker safety include the prevention of collapse of excavation walls and adjacent structures. 

Excavation work should only be undertaken once an appropriate Job Safety Analysis has been undertaken.

In our shop you'll find a JSA that gets workers thinking about the hazards they face when working in excavations and how they can control the risk. 

To find the JSA, simply click here

Tips for Working on Hot Days

Graham Marshall - Friday, June 01, 2012

With the onset of summer across the northern hemisphere, today is a timely date to remind all workers about the dangers associated with working in the heat.

Below is an image showing the heat index which highlights how the air temperature can feel when consideration is also given to the ambient humidity.

As the index shows, the working temperature can feel a lot hotter than the thermometre may be showing if you're working on a humid day.

In response to high temperatures, always always use the hierarchy of control to select the best possible control mechanisms when working outdoors on hot days.  These controls include:

+  Eliminate the hazard by canceling the work or re-scheduling to a cooler time of day (or cooler season);

+  Substitute the work by doing something else indoors in a cooler environment;

+  Engineer the environment to provide shade, air-moving fans or cooler units;

+  Administrate to ensure that plenty of water is drunk and regular rest breaks are taken in a cool spot;

+  Protect yourself with PPE using wide brimmed hats, long sleaved shirt and long pants, and sub block cream.







Job Safety Analysis Training Syllabus

Graham Marshall - Friday, May 04, 2012

Free Hazard Management Book

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, May 01, 2012

We've had a great start to 2012 and to continue the run this month, we're offering a free electronic copy of our Hazard Spotting Guide (RRP AUD $33.00) with every purchase of the award-winning Job Safety Analysis Manual.

Every purchase of the JSA Manual made in May 2012 will also receive a free copy of our Hazard Spotting Guide

We reckon that's a great deal

To purchase your JSA Manual, simply click here.

Risk Associated with 240 Volt Hand Tools

Graham Marshall - Thursday, April 19, 2012

In the past three years from April 2009 to April 2012, NOPSEMA has received 39 notifications of electric shock

Fortunately, there have been no deaths associated with these electric shock incidents, but they are, nonetheless, high-potential incidents.

We all need to ensure we take advantage of the “lessons learnt” from these incidents because more personnel are being exposed to the potential for serious injury or death due to electric shock.

According to NOPSEMA, Of the 39 notifications:

+   Nineteen involved the use of Hand Tools, Temporary Lighting, Extension Cables etc;

+   Thirteen involved fixed equipment (Lighting, Switches, General Power Outlets); and

+   Seven were related to welding activities (5 of which involved Earth Clamps condition / application).

Schedule 3 of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 places duties on the operator
of a facility to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure that:

A.  The facility is safe and without risk to the health of any person at or near the facility; and

B.  All work and other activities carried out on the facility are carried out in a manner that is safe and
without risk to the health of any person at or near the facility.

Good practice demands that the layers of control are being used to reduce risk to ALARP, taking account of:

+   Elimination of the hazard;

+   Substitution (for a less hazardous alternative);

+   Engineering – redesign or use isolation and LOTO;

+   Administrative controls are in place including PTW, Procedures, JSA, tool box talks and such like; and

+   PPE is being used.

To take advantage of our JSA covering the safe use of powered hand-held tools, which highlights the hierarchy of controls to be used, simply click here.

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.

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