News

Product Update

November 12 2016

We are pleased to welcome a new supplier and range of impact injury protection devices found in our general safety gear section.
 
SafePad products are a Perth local business that have designed and produce robust, reusable and effective products to mitigate the risk of injury caused by impact with hazardous edges such as cornices, flanges, scaffold tubes, star pickets, reo bar, air conditioning units, stairways, overhead structures, beams, braces, etc.


These items can also be used outside of the workplace as protection devices in the home covering bolt attachments for kids play areas, trampolines, garages / sheds, etc. as well as in trailers, boats, camping equipment, their use is unlimited. 

All of these items are UV stabilised, with the pads having heavy duty straps for secure connection. The scaffold, star picket and reo bar end protectors all fit snugly and cover more of the protruding end, whilst providing greater impact protection. Once fitted, these will not fall of on their own accord - no more constantly picking up and replacing plastic yellow caps across construction and civil sites!
                              
As a newly stocked item, we are offering a discount of 10% off of all orders placed through our online store during November and December. 

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We would be happy to put together a custom quote for your first aid and safety kit requirements. Please let us know more about your requirements and we will get in touch with you within 48 hours with a custom quote.

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Sub-Contractor Assessments

November 10 2016

Does your company engage contractors to carry out works for you, or on your behalf?

Are you aware that you have the same duty of care over these people whilst they are at you workplace as if they were direct employees?

The proposed Work Health and Safety Bill places even more emphasis on contractor / sub-contractor assessment that what the present WA OSH Act expects. Due to this, those of you in the construction industry or associated trades will no doubt have seen an increase in OSH/HSE detail within tenders and assessments made by your clients of late.

If not doing so already, you need to start doing the same.

Depending on the scope of works, size on contract, or contractor, this can be a daunting, confusing and often time consuming process.

Safety Solutions WA have developed a Sub-Contractor suitability assessment process to assess your contractors prior to either award or mobilisation. We will take the whole process off of your hands and provide you with detailed reports of findings from assessment of your potential sub-contractors safety systems and plans. If needed, we will provide guidance to the sub-contractors as to how meet their / your legal and your own company expectations, in order to have a compliant and understanding sub-contractor arrive at your workplace when it’s time to start.

Contact us to discuss how we can carry out all of your sub-contractor assessment needs.

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Preparing for Christmas

November 05 2016

With it now less than 7 weeks to Christmas (already!), workplaces will be getting ready for the end of year break and this may mean either a mad rush, or a general slowdown in work activity, dependent upon your organisations scope of work.
 
Unfortunately, going by historical statistics, it’s also a time where workplace incidents tend to spike – and we have already seen this in workplaces over the past couple of weeks, with some nasty events occurring.
 
Workplace hazard identification is one of the basics of workplace risk management however, is often something regularly overlooked or conducted not so well. During incident investigations, it is quite regularly ascertained that events resulting in injury (or worse) could have been avoided if the hazards present at the workplace had been adequately identified and effectively controlled.
 
The Safety Solutions WA team urge all of you to proactively assess your workplaces to identify hazards and make them safe. Try some of the below before you break for the end of the year:

  • Carry out a site inspection – how many management personnel have done this recently?
  • Jump onto the WorkSafe website to find requirements and sample checklists for your particular industry
  • Talk to your workers – they will know what is likely to bite or sting.
    • Encourage them to speak up
    • Take on board their ideas or suggestions
  • Look at how other similar workplaces are operating
  • Review any incidents (even minor ones) that have occurred over the last year – is the hazard that caused the incident still present? How can that risk be eliminated or reduced?

Contact us at Safety Solutions WA to help you out. A basic workplace OSH Compliance inspection carried out by one of our team can be a simple and inexpensive way to have someone independently look at your workplace and provide recommendations. These not need be over the top or take a lot of your time – let us just look at compliance matters to start with and you can then build on your workplace safety processes from there, with our help when needed. to help you out. A basic workplace OSH Compliance inspection carried out by one of our team can be a simple and inexpensive way to have someone independently look at your workplace and provide recommendations. These not need be over the top or take a lot of your time – let us just look at compliance matters to start with and you can then build on your workplace safety processes from there, with our help when needed.

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Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws implementation update

September 30 2016

WA is reviewing the model WHS Regulations 2011. A public consultation process, which started on 1 June 2016 and ended on 31 August 2016, is currently underway to enable all participants in WA workplaces to have input into the new legal framework. After this process, and once any necessary Cabinet approval is obtained, the new laws will then be introduced into Parliament for consideration and passage.

The Green Bill contains the core provisions of the model WHS Act with some amendments, and excludes a number of the model provisions that the Western Australian Government has consistently opposed.

Key proposed variations from the model WHS laws include:

  • Omitting the right of entry provisions for work health and safety entry permit holders—this is already provided for under industrial relations laws
  • Omitting the power of Health and Safety Representatives to direct unsafe work to cease—individual workers retain the power to stop unsafe work
  • Removing the reverse-onus of proof in relation to discrimination claims
  • Omitting provisions for enforceable undertakings
  • Omitting the procedure if prosecutions are not brought, thereby shortening the limitation period by one year
  • Removing prisoners and volunteers from the definition of ‘worker’
  • Inserting the concept of ‘control’ into requirements for managing risks
  • Omitting provisions for remedial action
  • Omitting the requirement for consultation with other jurisdictions when developing Codes of Practice, and
  • Requiring a review of the Act after five years.

Contrary to the Western Australian Government’s previous position, it proposes to adopt the model WHS Act penalty provisions. These penalties are significantly higher than current penalties in WA for corporate and individual offenders.

The Green Bill also adopts the positive duty of ‘officers’ to exercise ‘due diligence’ to ensure that their PCBU complies with its obligations.

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Workplace Inspection Campaign

September 15 2016

WorkSafe WA have announced that during 2016/17 financial year WorkSafe Inspectors will be undertaking proactive inspection programs to look at safety issues in the following industries:

  • Retail and transport - concentrating on mobile plant and the movement of mobile plant
  • Pubs, taverns and bars
  • Takeaway food workplaces

These inspection programs involve WorkSafe Inspectors visiting workplaces within these industries in Perth and regional areas ensuring that organisations are able to demonstrate safe systems of work and workplaces.

If you work within any of these industries and need some assistance or guidance in getting your workplace up to a better safety standard, or would like an independent workplace inspection to measure against the current WorkSafe inspection priority areas and provide recommendations for any areas of improvement, contact the team at Safety Solutions WA to see how we can assist.

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Electrical Contractors' Safety Management System

July 19 2016
  • Are you a small to mid-sized Electrical Contractor?
  • Do you want to see all of your team doing the right thing, meeting legislative OSH standards and protecting themselves and your business?
  • Are you being asked by existing clients or within tender documents to have and provide evidence of a current safety management system?
  • Are you a NECA or Master Electricians member, but want a more practical, easy to use, or less complicated system for the size of your business than what is presently being provided?
  • Are you paying too much for your existing product/s?

Safety Solutions WA have developed an entry level safety management plan for small and mid-sized (up to around 20 personnel) electrical companies that will assist you in meeting your legislative safety requirements, but also be simplistic and practical to use.
 
We have partnered up with Myosh, using their newly released web-based Myosh 365 product, which provides for a practical platform in which to manage safety at your workplaces. The product additionally features an APP, so that workers are able to access required information no matter where they are working and provide real time data back to you.
 
The real advantage to you with the Myosh 365 product apart from its simplistic use, is the price. The monthly subscription is from $39, with no establishment, set up, or lock in fees.
 
Safety Solutions WA build and provide the required additional documentation that sits behind the Myosh 365 system, but unlike one size fits all systems that are on the market, we will meet with you to discuss your requirements and only populate and charge for what you require or want. You won’t be paying for extra’s you don’t need or unlikely to use, but the facility is there to grow and expand your library of safety documentation as your business grows, or you move into different areas or work. If you are already using a documented system, rather than re-inventing the wheel, we will review and utilise your documents for you, making it even more cost effective.
 
The Myosh 365 product comes with the following modules as standard:

  • Public Library: handy documents and links
    • Toolbox talk topics
    • Sample forms
  • My Library: Your company documents and those provided by SSWA
    • Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS)
    • Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
    • Safety management plans
    • Procedures
  • Risks / Hazards: Records details of hazards, risks, controls (Risk Register)
  • Personnel: Lists details of all workers
  • Training: Records training and reminds when refreshers are due
  • Incidents: Records and provides investigation reports
  • Registers: Populate with your business specific requirements:
    • Electrical
    • Plant
    • Lifting gear
    • Chemical
    • Etc.
  • Checklists: Checklists for conducting workplace compliance inspections
  • Meetings: record your pre-start, toolbox, client, safety meetings
  • Actions: Assign actions to individuals in order to provide verification of an implemented safety system

Please contact us for an appointment for a demonstration of the Safety Solutions WA Electrical Contractor safety system, to see how it will help you. 

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Safety Solutions WA Recognised as a Gold Level Certified myosh Professional

June 29 2016

Safety Solutions WA Recognised as a Gold Level Certified myosh Professional

Safety Solutions WA have recently been recognised as a Gold Level certified myosh professional. Gold Level certified myosh professionalWe are very proud of this achievement as we are the first and only safety consultancy within Australia and New Zealand to gain this milestone.

This certification is achieved through our ongoing use, training, marketing and implementation of the myosh safety software system to our clients.

Myosh is a cost effective, user friendly and completely auditable software tool that allows you to manage your safety requirements without physical files of hard copy forms and other documentation.

The system allows for live inputting of hazards, actions, registers and incidents as well as providing notifications immediately to nominated personnel for information and/or action.

Contact us for a demonstration of the software and how it can assist you in making safety management more efficient and productive.

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WORKING AT HEIGHTS

June 29 2016

Working at Heights

Over recent years, we have seen a number of serious injuries and fatalities in WA involving either actual working at heights, or with equipment used to elevate personnel or equipment to a height.

Working at heights is one of the six WorkSafe WA’s key priority areas and is one of the highest risk activities that personnel regularly undertake at workplaces.

It is worthwhile noting the legal obligations when working at heights against current OSH legislation, bearing in mind that the existing 2-3m rule within WA is likely to change with the implementation of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act presently under consideration.

The WA OSH Regulations detail the requirements whenever someone is working from a specific height (either 2 or 3 metres) however, working at height is also defined as where a person can fall from one level to another – NOTE: this definition does not specify any distance in height and is potentially going to be the definition within the WHS Act.

The regulations state that anyone at any workplace that is an employer, the main contractor, a self-employed person or a person having control of the workplace must ensure that edge protection is provided and kept in place whenever there is a risk that a person could fall:

  • 2 or more metres from the edge of — a scaffold, fixed stair, landing, suspended slab, formwork or falsework at the workplace

OR;

  • 3 or more metres from any other edge (other than an edge referred to above).

It is further stipulated that the ‘edge protection’ must have:

A top rail — positioned not less than 900 mm and not more than 1100 mm above the working surface and is capable of withstanding a force of 0.55 kN (approx 56Kg) applied to any point

AND;

  • Either —
  1. A mid rail and a toe board; or
  2. A toe board and a mesh panel that comprises wire that is not less than 3 mm in diameter and apertures not greater than 75 mm x 50 mm and that fills the space between the top rail and the toe board.
  3. A scaffold mesh panel suffices for both the above.

Where edge protection is not erected, or not practicable to erect or install, an alternative and still compliant means is a fall injury prevention system (appropriate harness, lanyard style and attachment point/s) is to be provided and in operation.

Where a fall prevention system is used in place of edge protection, consideration must be given to the type of harness and lanyard style to be utilised based on a site specific risk assessment to ensure that further hazards are not introduced by the use of such a method.

Additionally, the anchor point must be installed and regularly inspected by a competent person, likewise should harnesses and lanyards. SSWA recommends that for any worker required to wear a harness for whatever reason, the individual has successfully undertaken working at heights training.

A risk assessment should always be conducted (and ideally documented) when working from height to ensure that any site hazards have been adequately identified, assessed and managed.

For any work on a ‘construction site’ where a worker is required to work over a height of 2 metres, it is a legal requirement to have a site specific Safe Work Method Statement (or JSA) prepared, signed by all involved in the activity and to remain on site for the full time period that the activity is being undertaken.

Contact us for any assistance or query you have with this topic and keep an eye out for updates on our new heights safety equipment range.

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INCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS

April 12 2016

In the unfortunate event that an incident and/or injury occurs at your workplace, it is a requirement that employers investigate the event, in order to identify causal factors and establish appropriate corrective actions to prevent recurrence. This may be by changes to plant, equipment, process or procedures, training, personnel capabilities, guarding, the list goes on.

The Safety Solutions WA team are able to provide you with incident investigation and reporting assistance. We can either lead and carry out the investigation for you in its entirety, assist you in running the investigation, or simply review your own investigation and provide any required guidance, suggestions or feedback.

Should the event be of a nature that it becomes a reportable incident to a regulator (or you believe it may become such), we recommend you contact us as soon as possible, even if it’s for a free, non-obligation chat to discuss the matter at hand to establish your options.

Safety Solutions WA can help you every step of the way with dealing with an incident or injury that has occurred at your workplace, in a professional and confidential manner, providing you with comprehensive reports and action plans.

Our investigations personnel have formal investigative qualifications and years of experience in conducting incident investigations from near miss events, through to workplace fatalities.

We understand that dealing with an incident or injury at your workplace can be a stressful and a complicated time, but Safety Solutions WA can help to relive some of that stress.

Our services include:

  • Incident and injury investigations
  • Workers compensation management
  • OSH Advice
  • Review of regulatory notices

Provision or corrective actions and preventative recommendations

Our team takes pride in being as professional and sensitive as possible when dealing with an incident or injury, and we believe the advice we can give, will be able to help you deal with the situation at hand and make your workplace safer for the future.

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Safe Lifting

April 12 2016

1. Think the job through:

  • How far must it be carried?
  • Are all the doors open?
  • Can a mechanical assistance be used?
  • How can I hold the load?
  • Is help needed?
  • Where does the load have to be placed?

2. Correctly position your body:

  • Stomach muscles contracted
  • Bend your knees
  • Place feet on either side of the load
  • Grip the load firmly
  • Keep your back and shoulders straight
  • Keep your body balanced
  • Lift the load smoothly, using your legs – not your back.

3. Handle the load correctly:

  • Use your full body weight to move the load
  • Face the direction in which the load is to be moved
  • Hold the load close to your body
  • Move your feet – do not twist your body
  • Look where you are going
  • Move slowly and steadily.

4. Place the load down:

  • Place load at waist height if possible
  • Squat down using the same principles as the lift
  • Never lift a load if you have to exert yourself to do so.

If you must move the object during a lift, do so by pivoting on your feet and leaving your hips and back straight.

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