Identifying the type of risks prevalent in your workplace plays a big part in knowing the right number of First Aiders you need, and type of training they need. Through these five steps, you can assess what is needed to achieve compliance:
Step 1: What is the maximum number of workers present at any one time?
Step 2: What kind of work is being carried out? Does it place your workers at high risk to require immediate first aid treatment?
Step 3: Is the workplace remote, or access to emergency services difficult? High risk workplaces with difficult access need at least one First Aider per 10 workers.
Step 4: How is work carried out: alone, in transit, or without supervision? If having a First Aider available at all times is impractical, workers must be able to access First Aid assistance, through an effective means of contacting emergency services, getting appropriate information, instruction and training.
Step 5: Finally, what other factors affect the number of First Aiders needed? For example: multiple shifts or overtime; seasonal work; large numbers of people present (schools, shopping centres); unique hazards (fitness centres, amusement parks); holidays and annual leave. Continue reading →
There was a time when First Aid Kits were little more than an afterthought for businesses, and comprised little more than a packet of Band Aid plasters and a bottle of iodine. But times have changed, and as a key part of ensuring health and safety in the workplace, these kits are not just expected but required by Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation.
I worked about half a year as a service representative in Sydney and a sales representative in Melbourne, about the time you started with Alsco. I was a student then, and I can’t count my seniority from that temporary duty. You outrank me by six years. You also outrank me, and many more, by the measure of what you have done for the company in Australia.
Not only do you know how to make money in a branch, but also you have been a bridge from the founders of Alsco Australia, passing on our culture and care for the company, to a new generation of general managers. Continue reading →
Volunteers are highly prized figures in our communities, putting their own time and skills to use that benefits us all – and for no payment. But even without any salary, volunteers are effectively at work, facing the same occupational hazards we all do. The new WHS Act addresses volunteering, something generally seen as a grey area.
The WHS Act defines a volunteer as someone who works without payment or financial reward for an organisation that also engages paid workers. But the act has established that volunteers are entitled to the same level of protection against accident and injury as paid workers, with the organisation they volunteer for responsible for providing that protection. Continue reading →
DEANE APPAREL INTRODUCES … “SEEN AND SAFE” HIGH VIS RANGE
High vis day/night workwear
Safety is a major concern in all workplaces and so August 2012 saw the High Visibility standard AS/NZS 4602.1:2011 come into full effect. To prepare for this Deane Apparel, Alsco’s uniform manufacturer, has worked closely with a consultant who served on the ISO committee tasked with updating these standards. As a result a new, fully compliant range of both Day and Day/Night garments is now available.
“The direct benefit to Alsco customers will be speed to market as the already taped and ready for dispatch range of Day/Night Vis garments has increased to a full range of both overalls and shirts and is now as wide as the Day Vis product line,” said Estelle Dean, Divisional Manager, Deane Apparel. Continue reading →
Occupational noise-induced hearing loss is a hearing impairment resulting from exposure to excessive noise at work. The degree of hearing loss is generally cumulative, increasing with both the length of time exposed and the level of noise. Once acquired, the damage to employees’ hearing is irreversible. Fortunately, however, workplace hearing loss is almost entirely preventable.
So how can employers prevent occupational noise-induced hearing loss in their workplaces?
The Model Code of Practice: Managing Noise and Preventing Hearing Loss at Work, published by Safe Work Australia in 2012, is the best place to start. It has been developed to provide practical guidance to persons conducting a business or undertaking on how noise affects hearing, how to identify and assess exposure to noise and how to control health and safety risks arising from hazardous noise. Continue reading →
Owning and running a café is a secret desire of many people – and it isn’t hard to understand why. Serving coffee and cake, and watching customers chat and relax from a hectic day’s shopping, seems more fulfilling than any 9-5 office job.
There is a certain warmth to a café, but the image a café evokes can be very different to the truth. In fact, anyone who wants to run a café needs to be prepared for a battle for survival. Continue reading →
It’s common knowledge – and also common sense – that the less time wasted in a medical emergency the better. Prompt medical attention can mean the difference between a positive or negative health outcome for your workplace colleagues.
Most of us know that calling 000 to request the attendance of an ambulance – and life-saving paramedics – is a crucial step in the process. If you’ve never called for an ambulance before, however, you may not be aware that there is a certain amount of essential information that the 000 operator needs to gather before an ambulance can be dispatched. Receiving, and passing on, this information ensures that the ambulance arrives at the correct destination in a timely manner. Continue reading →
Most of us tend to overlook slips and trips in the workplace as little more than moments of clumsiness. After all, everyone is victim to them from time to time, so what’s the big deal? Unfortunately, the result of these moments of clumsiness is often injury, from a painful sprained ankle to a fatal tumble down a stairwell.
A study of work-related injuries, published by Safe Work Australia in July 2012, revealed that some 11% of male workers in Australia, and 17% of female workers had fallen at the same level (including slips and trips) while at work in a 12-month period until June 2010. Continue reading →
Alsco has recently entered an exciting partnership with one of Australia’s leading V8 Supercar teams, Brad Jones Racing (BJR). BJR is using the Ecosafe Parts Washer for the enormous job of cleaning the high tech alloys on their V8 vehicles.
When the BJR team saw the Ecosafe Parts Washer in action, they knew it was exactly what they needed. “They were looking for a better performing clean and healthier workplace for their people, which is exactly what the Ecosafe Parts Washer offers,” said Product Manager David Hiser. Continue reading →