This booklet is published and promoted by the WorkCover NSW Consumer Services Industry Reference Group
© Copyright: Commerce Queensland
Occupational Health and Safety
You are probably aware that a large percentage of persons employed in the hospitality industry are either school students or recent school leavers. The age of the workforce together with high levels of staff turnover raise occupational health and safety concerns in the industry. As a young worker in the Hospitality Industry you stand a much higher risk of being injured at work than older workers. Injury statistics show that a high proportion of workers under the age of 24 will be injured during their first Laws concerning occupational health and safety designed to protect all workers from injury are in place in ALL states of Australia. year at work. Some of these injuries will result in permanent disability, ongoing pain and in extreme cases death.
What are the
Occupational health and safety benefits everyone in the workplace including YOU! Occupational health and safety laws ensure:-
You are not exposed to hazards
You are provided with a safe workplace
You are trained to reduce your risk of injury
Employer Responsible for?
• Providing safe work areas, machinery and equipment; • Providing a safe work process; • Providing protective equipment where needed; • Providing information, instruction and training
The law states you MUST also take care of your own safety and not put your fellow workers at RISK OF INJURY. This requires you to; • Follow health and safety instructions; • Use personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing in a correct manner; • Inform your employer about hazards and injuries in your workplace; • Co-operate with your employer regarding health and safety matters so they are able to carry out their duties under occupational health and safety legislation.
Hazards aware of?
should I be
! hazards and injuries in your workplace;
The law states you MUST also take care of your own safety and not put your fellow workers at RISK OF INJURY. This requires you to; • Follow health and safety instructions; • Use personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing in a correct manner; • Inform your employer about
• Co-operate with your employer regarding health and safety matters so they are able to carry out their duties under occupational health and safety legislation.
Type of Work Examples of Hazards
• Hazardous substances in cleaning products • Draining or disposing of used oil • Blood or discarded needles (sharps) ª Biological waste
• Wet & Slippery floors • Deep fry equipment • Hot cooking equipment and oil • Sharp objects used in food preparation
• Violent crimes ª Heavy lifting
• Lifting, carrying, pushing & pulling • Work Environment
Can I Do Anything to Accidents and
What ab out
Often manual handling is thought to be the lifting of heavy objects, however, it is more widespread than that. Manual handling refers to any activity that requires the use of a person’s force to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move or restrain an object. Tasks can range from the lifting of heavy cartons/equipment to those including repetitive or forceful movements and the
If you are able to identify a hazard or potential hazard in your workplace you are well on the way to preventing injuries and accidents.
1. So be alert to hazards!
2. Let your employer know! and
maintenance of constrained or awkward postures. Examples of manual handling which you may be
3. Follow instructions to solve the problem!
exposed to include; unloading and storing of goods, cleaning deep fryers, removing rubbish, setting up
Sp ecific Hazards?