Health: Occupational Safety and Health and Safety Essay

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Health and safety Information Booklet

Legislative requirements in a workplace ............................................................................ 1 Workplace safety signs ....................................................................................................... 2 PPE...................................................................................................................................... 4 Reporting............................................................................................................................. 6 Responsibilities for emergency situations ....................................................................... 6 Health and safety consultation ......................................................................................... 7 Hazard management ......................................................................................................... 8 Reference ........................................................................................................................... 9

Legislative requirements in a workplace

Workers in South Australia (with a few exceptions explained below) are protected by State health and safety legislation. Anyone who is working full-time or part-time, or has a permanent, temporary or casual job, is covered. This legislation also includes homebased workers and volunteers who work in connection with a trade or business. The legislation is designed to protect people by establishing safe systems of work to eliminate or minimise the risks to health, safety and welfare. Employers, employees and others, such as manufacturers and suppliers of machinery or substances used at work, all have an important role to play. The health and safety legislation in South Australia is made up of three parts. These are: • the OHS Act • the OHS Regulations • Approved Codes of Practice made under the OHS Act. There are also health and safety provisions in some awards, which must be complied with. There is different legislation for people employed by Commonwealth Government departments and statutory authorities. These employees are covered by the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Commonwealth). However, private contractors working on Commonwealth property are covered by the State Act.

Workplace safety signs
Signs and symbols are used in a workplace to convey information to workers and visitors to the site. Being able to move or navigate around the workplace independently and safely to perform tasks or access meal and bathroom facilities can be critical to an individual’s success and productivity at work.There are a range of signs in the workplace that allow a person to move around safely and with confidence.Safety signs are an important part of workplace safety. Safety signs identify risks, hazards and dangers - helping to maintain a safe workplace that complies with OH&S legislation. There are three main types of safety signs used in the workplace: 1. Picture signs using symbols or pictures.

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Signs with only text based messages.

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Picture signs with a short message.

There are seven categories of safety signs identified by colour and shape: 1. Prohibition signs – these are signs that indicate something that you must not do: They are made up of a red circle border with a line through it, a white background and black symbol

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Mandatory signs – these signs tell you that you must wear some special safety equipment: They are made up of a blue solid circle, white symbol, with no border.

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Restriction signs – these signs tell of a limitation placed on an activity or use in the area concerned. They are made up of a red circular border, no crossbar, and a white background.

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Hazard warning signs – these signs warn you of a danger or risk to your health: They are made up of a yellow triangle with a black border, and a black symbol.

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Danger hazard signs – these signs warn of a particular hazard or…