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Tasmanian workers and employers urged to ‘Use Your Brain, Avoid the Strain’.......3 Tasmania, a Division of the
Department of Infrastructure,
Congratulations to the Workplace Safe Awards entrants .......................................4 Energy and Resources.
Workplace Safe Awards Gala Dinner. What a night it was!! ....................................4
Reproduction of material from
Cradle Coast Water the big winner at 2001 Workplace Safe Awards ......................5 Workplace Issues for wider distrib-
ution is encouraged and may be
CATEGORY 1 Best solution to a workplace manual handling hazard.....................6 carried out without a formal
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CATEGORY 3 Best workplace health and safety management program ..............10 included: ‘Reprinted from
Workplace Issues, a publication of
CATEGORY 4 Best return to work program .......................................................12
Workplace Standards Tasmania’.
CATEGORY 5 Best induction program ..............................................................14
Views expressed in Workplace
CATEGORY 6 Best training program .................................................................16 Issues are those of the individual
contributors or the editor and are
CATEGORY 7 Best workplace health and safety initiative in small business .......18
intended to stimulate discussion.
Manual handling focus for new Workplace Safe campaign ..................................20 They do not necessarily reflect the
policy of the Government,
DHHS Workplace Safe Week activities around the state .....................................21 Workplace Standards Tasmania or
SERS gets involved with two Workplace Safe Week activities ..............................22 The WorkCover Tasmania Board.
The Gardens display safety achievements..........................................................22 Comments and contributions from
readers are welcome but the editorial
Oakdale Services Tasmania launches into Workplace Safe Week .......................23 committee reserves the right to
May Shaw Nursing Centre.................................................................................23 publish only those items that are
considered relevant to the scope of
Glenorchy City Council events ..........................................................................24 the magazine. We would prefer
lengthy contributions to be submitted
Calvary Health Care thanks safety reps .............................................................25
Mobile Display Unit on show .............................................................................25
Reader contributions and
Get fit, stay fit and stay safe at DIER.................................................................26 correspondence should be
Workplace Safe Week at Civic Solutions ............................................................26
Log truck inspections .......................................................................................27
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Aquatas forklift safety revision training ..............................................................27 Rosny Park Tasmania 7018
Seminar looks at heavy vehicle safety in Tasmania.............................................27 Phone: 1300 366 322
Phone: (03) 6233 7657
Cradle Coast Water display safety at work .........................................................28 (outside Tasmania)
Aurora’s safety commitment at work and in the community .................................28 e-mail: email@example.com
Activities in the North ......................................................................................29 internet: www.wsa.tas.gov.au
ACL – a week for safety training ........................................................................30 Managing
Editor: Jane Melross
TCCI Working Safe 2001 OHS Conference .........................................................30 Editor: Carolyn Daly
Workplace Standards big breakfast session.......................................................31 Production: Chris Curry
CRS Australia says ‘Workplace safety is everyone’s business’ ............................31 ISSN 1444-6316
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WORKPLACE SAFE WEEK 2001
Tasmanian Workers and Employers Urged to
Use Your Brain, Avoid the Strain
Last financial year almost 4000, or effective in significantly reducing
more than a third, of all workers the number of workers
compensation claims lodged in compensation claims lodged in
Tasmania were for body strain Tasmania.
injuries. In the 1995–96 financial year,
“And those are only the injuries almost 17,000 workers
reported, with many more going compensation claims were lodged
unreported,” Dr Walters said. compared with 11,323 last
Of reported injuries, the back and financial year—a reduction of 33
upper limbs were the areas of the per cent.
body most commonly affected. In dollar terms this represents
Also, half of all body strain both direct and indirect savings of
injuries reported were experienced $225 million.
by Tasmanians working in nine Dr Walters warned, however, that
blackspot occupations—nursing there were still far too many
occupations, machine operators, Tasmanians being injured every
metal tradespersons, trades day.
assistants, sales assistants, “While Workplace Safe Week is
agricultural labourers, cleaners, important as a means of
road transport drivers and school highlighting that every employer
teachers. and worker has a responsibility to
Pembroke MLC, Allison Ritchie, ensure their workplaces are as safe
who officially launched the Week, as possible, every day should be a
said that the community paid a Workplace Safe day,” he said.
high cost for body strain injuries. Launching the Week, Ms Ritchie
Pembroke MLC Allison Ritchie and Dr Rob Walters at “Body strain injuries cost the said that the decline in claims as
the launch of Workplace Safe Week Tasmanian community $35.4 well as the increased support for
million last financial year and the Week demonstrated that the
while the financial cost is high, so Workplace Safe message was
The WorkCover Tasmania is the personal cost, with many hitting the mark.
workers suffering injuries that “Judging by the continual
Board used the launch of disrupt their lives forever,” she reduction in the number of
Workplace Safe Week said. workers compensation claims in
2001 on Sunday 14 “Employers also suffer with a rise Tasmania over the six years of the
October to highlight the in their workers compensation Workplace Safe campaign,
high cost of body strain premiums, a loss of productivity Tasmanian businesses deserve to
and even feelings of responsibility be congratulated for their
injuries from hazardous
for a worker’s injury.” commitment to improving health
manual handling tasks. and safety throughout all
Dr Walters said that body strain
Speaking at the launch of the injuries could be prevented by workplaces,” she said.
Week, Board member, Dr Rob following the SAFE steps of risk Workplace Safe Week ran from
Walters, said that body strain management—Spot the hazard, 15–19 October and over 100
injuries from manual handling were Assess the risk, Fix the problem events with an occupational health
one of the biggest occupational and Evaluate results. and safety focus were held around
health and safety problems in the State.
Tasmanian workplaces. These steps have been simplified in
a new information kit called The A highlight of the week was the
“They are injuries that can affect Body Strain Prevention Kit. The presentation of the 2001
any worker as every job includes Kit is available free-of-charge by Workplace Safe Awards at a gala
manual handling tasks, whether it telephoning and registering interest function in Hobart on Friday 19
be lifting, lowering, pushing, with the Workplace Standards October with entertainer Tim
pulling, undertaking repetitive Helpline on 1300 366 322. Ferguson as MC.
tasks such as keying information
into a computer or packing items Dr Walters said that the
from a conveyor belt for extended Workplace Safe campaign, now in
periods of time,” he said. its sixth year, had been highly
WORKPLACE ISSUES NO. 20 | NOVEMBER | 2001 3
Congratulations go to all the entrants
in the 2001 Workplace Safe Awards Workplace Safe Aw
It is important to recognise the efforts of the manage- The Premier of Tasmania, Mr Jim
ment and staff of nearly 50 companies that entered the Bacon, announced the overall and
Awards this year. They should be commended for both category winners of the 2001
the time spent formally submitting an entry, and their Workplace Safe Awards at a gala
ongoing commitment to workplace health and safety. function in Hobart on Friday 19
October. More than 400 people
And the entrants were…… attended the presentation dinner hosted
by entertainer, Tim Ferguson.
ABB Metering Pty Ltd KD Barker Logging Mr Bacon presented Gold Awards to the winners of
ACL Bearing Company LGH - Food Services seven categories.
Department These were:
Master Plumbers’ • Best solution to a workplace manual handling
Amcor Fibre Packaging Association of Tasmania hazard —Calvary Health Care Tasmania
• Best solution to an identified workplace
Australian Cement Holdings McCain Foods (Aust) Pty Ltd health and safety issue — Australian Hop
Australian Hop Marketers Marketers
Medea Park Residential
Pty Ltd Care Inc • Best workplace health and safety management
program — Neil Buckby Motors
Bells Constructions and Neil Buckby Motors
Technologies Pty Ltd • Best return to work program — Forestry
Nortas Pty Ltd Tasmania
Boral Construction • Best induction program —Devonport City
Materials Group Ltd North East Soldiers Council
Bradken Launceston • Best training program — Cradle Coast Water
Northern Midlands Council • Best workplace health and safety initiative in
small business — Pages Espresso Bar and
Services Pages Espresso Bar and
Cadbury Claremont Mr Bacon congratulated all entrants on their
Parkside Community Mental initiative in making health and safety a priority in
Calvary Health Care Health Team their workplaces.
Port of Devonport “It’s a pleasure to recognise the companies involved
Cascade Brewery Company Corporation for their commitment to their workers’ health and
Pty Ltd safety,” he said.
Queen Victoria Home Mr Bacon said that this year’s Awards attracted
Central Coast Council
Racing Services Tasmania more than 70 entries, a clear sign of the seriousness
Civic Solutions with which workplace health and safety is treated in
Silcar Maintenance Tasmanian workplaces. In the past three years, the
Collex Pty Ltd Services number of entries has grown by almost 80 per cent.
Cradle Coast Water The Awards presentation dinner was a highlight of
Stornoway Maintenance Workplace Safe Week.
Department of Education
Department of Health and
Human Services Tasmania Fire Service -
Devonport City Council
Tasmania Fire Service
Fairbrother Pty Ltd
Networks/Aurora Energy West Tamar Health and
James Nelson (Tas) Pty Ltd
Metalworks Pty Ltd
4 WORKPLACE ISSUES NO. 20 | NOVEMBER | 2001
The Big Winner
GALA DINNER at 2001
What a night it was!! Awards
The Premier of Tasmania Jim Bacon
congratulates Casey Van Eysden
CEO Cradle Coast Water
Ulverstone’s Cradle Coast
Water won this year’s
overall Workplace Safe
Award for an extensive
training program, which
allocates almost one in 20
working days each month
for every worker.
Cradle Coast Water (CCW) is a
bulk water authority supplying
treated water to councils for
reticulation. Its training program
revolves around a schedule
developed annually in full
consultation with employees.
On its way to winning the overall
award, CCW won the Gold Award
for the best training program. It
also took out a Silver Award for
the best induction program and a
Bronze Award for the best
workplace health and safety
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W O R K P L A C E
CATEGORY 1 Best solution to a workplace manual
Calvary Health Care Tasmania, Hobart
Calvary Health Care Tasmania is a Care Tasmania executive – the Regular training days for hotel services
health care facility incorporating three implementation process began. staff had also commenced, with 40
campuses in Southern Tasmania with It included the appointment of a part- employees having completed their
about 930 employees. time manual handling co-ordinator, two training.
Managing manual handling risks is hours paid training for all staff and the Since training commenced in April there
recognised as a critical component of purchase of recommended manual have been 16 reported incidents but
Calvary’s risk management program. handling equipment. only one of those employees had
There was an identified need to initiate a Nursing staff and hospital assistants were received training. The cause of this
‘no lift’ manual handling policy and targeted as the first group of employees incident has been reviewed and
proactive manual handling program. to receive training, as they comprised 75 appropriate manual handling equipment
per cent of all manual handling injuries introduced with relevant training to
During 1999 and 2000 a number of eliminate a recurrence of the event.
manual handling proposals and within the organisation.
programs had been floated and partially As at July, all nursing staff at the St
implemented. In January, 2001 – John’s Campus had completed training.
following the development of the ‘no Three clinical departments at the
lift’ manual handling policy and its Calvary Campus had also completed
endorsement by the Calvary Health training and three were continuing.
(L to R) Awards MC Tim Ferguson with Sue Hargreaves, Jennifer O’Connor Cindy Edwards
and Sally Faulkner of Calvary Health Care Tasmania
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Cascade Brewery Company Pty Ltd, Hobart
Cascade Brewery Company Pty Ltd, and supplies company DiverseyLever
Australia’s oldest brewery, is located in (Australia) Pty Ltd, an automated
Hobart. system was introduced which eliminated
The brewery introduced a new bulk the need for detergent drums to be
detergent handling system within the handled manually. From its inception
brewing cleaning in place (CIP) system. the project set a new benchmark for co-
operation between management and
There was an ever present potential for employees and has improved morale
injuries within the CIP system resulting with a significant change in work
from the manual handling of awkwardly practices and standards being noticed.
shaped and heavy 200 litre drums and
the likelihood of burns from chemical Since the new automated system was
splashing. commissioned in September last year, all
manual handling injuries from the
While many improvements over recent brewing CIP process have been totally
years had reduced the risk of manual eliminated, as have all accidents and
handling injuries it was decided to injuries relating to the handling of
entirely eliminate the manual handling caustic/acid detergent.
aspect of the activities required to
implement the necessary cleaning
With the assistance of cleaning products
(L to R) Workplace Standards Inspector John
Kumpulainen with Pamela Lincolne and Max
Burslem of Cascade Brewery Company
North East Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Scottsdale
The North East Soldiers Memorial provision was made for the storage of
Hospital is a rural hospital and nursing dirty linen with linen bags routinely
home located at Scottsdale, about 50 piled on top of one another creating
km from Launceston. navigational difficulties and the risk of
A workplace health and safety assessment infection and contamination.
of the laundry at the hospital revealed A solution was proposed by maintenance
that the existing practices for the manual staff utilising commercial wheelie bins to
handling of linen posed a hazard to the replace older laundry carts and taking
health and safety of workers. advantage of a commercially available
Five separate manual lifts were required wheelie bin lifter to eliminate the need
to get the dirty linen from the bed sites for manual lifting.
to the laundry trucks. Lifting and The resulting improvements in health
twisting motions represented a risk of and safety have been demonstrated in
back injuries. There was also the risk of many aspects of the laundry operation
entanglement and finger injuries as a including the elimination of heavy
result of the string ties used to secure lifting, odour containment and the
the laundry bags and existing laundry reduced potential for contamination
carts were often overloaded. No and infection. The Premier of Tasmania, Jim Bacon presents
the award to Tim Diprose of North East
Soldiers Memorial Hospital
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CATEGORY 2 Best solution to an identified
Australian Hop Marketers Pty Ltd, Bushy Park
Australian Hop Marketers’ Bushy Park Three new work practices to create safer has been introduced thus eliminating
Estates is one of four farms owned and working conditions for elevated the need for hop poles to be lifted
operated by the company. equipment were introduced: manually or with a front-end loader
This award recognises Australian Hop • Height adjustable string and repair frame.
Marketers’ initiatives in creating safer carts were designed to allow workers • A tractor mounted ladder frame,
working environments on two fronts – to safely repair trellis that supports the which allows a worker to use both
working with elevated equipment and hop vines. hands when working and avoids the
reducing the manual handling risk • A pole trailer, which carries and lifts possibility of a ladder slipping, as
associated with the transfer of hop bales. poles into position for replacement, occurred with near fatal consequences
previously, has also been introduced.
A de-stacker was also designed to
transfer hop bales on pallets to a
standing position on the floor,
significantly reducing a major manual
The hazard posed by transferring bales
from pallets to the bale breaker in-feed
area by purely manual means was readily
apparent because of the effort needed to
move the 115 kg bales.
The development of mechanical aids was
inevitable and an engineering
mechanism was devised which
eliminated the bulk of the heavy
While the device has not had a large
impact when considered in isolation, it
has increased awareness of the potential
for easing manual labour in arduous
tasks by the intelligent application of
(L to R) Robin Oakley of Australian Hop Marketers, Premier Jim Bacon and Adrian Shaw of
Australian Hop Marketers
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workplace health and safety issue
Hobart Water, Glenorchy
Hobart Water is a commercial venture Operational maintenance and technical
owned by eight Southern councils, staff, with the full support of Hobart
which is responsible for the collection, Water management, developed a design
storage and treatment of bulk water. solution to eliminate the confined space
The organisation eliminated a confined by identifying a method to raise the
space and manual-handling hazard by section of pipeline with the flow control
redesigning the flow control devices and valves and bypass devices above ground.
bypass lines which control the flow of As well as removing confined space and
water into Browns Hill Reservoir at manual handling hazards, the innovative
Kingston. solution has also reduced after hours
Previously the flow control devices and operational costs, provided for remote
bypass lines were located below ground operational monitoring, reduced
in a confined space, which could only be maintenance down time and increased
accessed by removing a heavy concrete control capability.
lid. There were other health and safety
concerns including the high noise
generated by the sharp bends in the pipe
in a fully enclosed area.
Premier Jim Bacon presents Silver to
Lyn Hallam of Hobart Water
Master Plumbers’ Association of Tasmania,
The members of the Master Plumbers’ As a result of the codes there has been
Association of Tasmania – Roof an enormous shift in acceptable
Contractors Division initiated, promoted practice, attitude and culture of those
and assisted in the adoption in Tasmania involved in activities that are affected by
of the first codes of practice - Working working at height.
at Height in Commercial Construction
and Managing the Risk of Falling in
House Construction – approved by the
Minister pursuant to the Workplace
Health and Safety Act 1995.
Working at height has been a high-risk
work practice for many years and the
codes were developed following an
exhaustive consultation process with
individuals who work in exposed
environments and with various
authorities in Australia and other parts
of the world.
The initiative was an attempt to ensure
that safety at work was a paramount
consideration. In a very difficult
environment the Roof Contractors
Division recognised the urgency of
providing better, safer and more Adrian Cowie of the Master Plumbers’ Association receives the award
acceptable workplaces. from Premier Jim Bacon
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CATEGORY 3 Best workplace health and safety
: Neil Buckby Motors, Launceston
Launceston-based Neil Buckby Motors are enforced during the induction phase system for the reporting of all potential
is a motor vehicle retail and service and continue throughout the worker’s areas of concern, employed a workplace
company employing 30 people. association with Neil Buckby Motors. safety officer to inspect the premises and
It sought to formalise a workplace safety The standards are also implemented to produced a New Employee Induction
standard to benefit all workers and other ensure all clients and members of the Manual encompassing the company’s
people associated with the business. public visiting the company’s premises are policy.
The company’s goal was to implement a protected from the possibility of injury. The end result is a policy, which is fully
formal standard in such a way that all To assist the company achieve its supported and embraced by all staff.
workers had a clear understanding of the objectives, it appointed an occupational
policies and procedures the business health and safety officer and committee,
enforced to reduce the circumstances reviewed all signage, undertook regular
where injury may occur. The procedures equipment checks, implemented a rigid
(L to R) Workplace Standards Inspectors Geoff Price and Jo Hendly with Max Ireland and
Anne McLaren of Neil Buckby Motors and Danny Dougherty, Regional Manager North
Workplace Standards Tasmania
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Port of Devonport Corporation, Devonport
The Port of Devonport Corporation is a best performing port in Tasmania and its
state-owned company, which administers overall performance was in line with the
the Devonport seaport and airport. average for the entire transport sector.
About three years ago a practical systems The Port of Devonport Corporation
approach to occupational health and only recorded three lost-time accidents
safety was adopted. during the year.
The corporation’s OHS systems-based
strategy covers numerous protocols and
procedures in pre-employment
screening, induction, equipment safety
and maintenance, incident
reporting/investigation and corrective
actions, consultation and
communication activities and awareness
of key issues and cost control strategies
associated with workers’
It has resulted in a considerable
reduction in the risks associated with
running the organisation.
Transport Sector accident statistics
provided by Workplace Standards
Tasmania showed that in 1999-2000 the
Port of Devonport Corporation was the Premier Jim Bacon with Richard Barnard of the Port of Devonport
Cradle Coast Water, Ulverstone
Cradle Coast Water is a bulk water Risk assessments are now
authority supplying treated water to carried out for all
councils for reticulation. activities.
Its directors and management are The biggest improvement
committed to fixing problems before in the approach adopted
they become problems through the by Cradle Coast Water has
development and maintenance of a been in the reduction of
quality, environmental and occupational accidents – from nine
health and safety integrated reported accidents and 44
management system (IMS). lost days in 1999-2000 to
In May 2001 its OHS Management three reported accidents
System was accredited to AS/NZS 4801 and no lost days last
by Quality Assurance Services. financial year.
Cradle Coast Water has identified hazard
identification and risk assessment as the
nucleus of its OHS component of the
IMS. Previously, routine hazard
identifications were rarely performed but Casey van Eysden of Cradle Coast Water receives the award
are now carried out by workers as part from Premier Jim Bacon
of their day-to-day operations.
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CATEGORY 4 Best return to work program
Forestry Tasmania, Statewide
Forestry Tasmania first developed its One of the features of the program is conjunction with the injured worker,
innovative return to work program in that it provides the same occupational their doctor and the worker’s supervisor.
1994-95 and it was revised and modified rehabilitation and support services for By involving all three parties, Forestry
in 1998. injured employees whether or not their Tasmania ensures that the nature of the
It was developed in conjunction with a illness or injury arises out of a work injury sustained and the nature of the
variety of stakeholders including related incident. injured worker’s employment are taken
employees, human resources manager, Initial contact with an injured worker is into consideration during the design
legal officer, workers compensation made within 24 hours of the stage of the program.
officer, service providers, the executive injury/illness occurring and a return to Creative and lateral thinking is required
team and Board of Directors. work program is developed in at times to find alternative duties, or to
modify existing ones, to best
accommodate the employee’s injury.
(L to R) John McDonald, David Mirk, Bob Knox and Kerry Casten of Forestry Tasmania
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Calvary Health Care Tasmania, Hobart
Calvary Health Care Tasmania is a health management and staff satisfaction in the $115,000 in the first year of
care facility incorporating three campuses injury management process and earlier implementation and an insurer
in Southern Tasmania with about 930 and safe return to work for employees. reimbursement based on past
employees. It is committed to the early Importantly, the cost of workers performance is expected for the
and safe return to work of all employees compensation salary payments fell by 2000-2001 year.
injured or made ill by their work.
The need to provide systems to facilitate
the early intervention and safe return to
work of employees was recognised in
October 1999 given that workers
compensation premiums were well
above an acceptable level.
The Calvary executive accepted an
injury management program formula
devised by the occupational health and
safety team which was based on the
premise that while prevention was the
best way to reduce costs, effective
management of work injuries had a
dramatic effect on the recovery of a
worker and the cost of the claim.
As a result of the implementation of a
comprehensive Injury Prevention and
Management Program, Calvary Health
Care Tasmania has seen a significant
reduction in the use of external Premier Jim Bacon presents a Silver Award to Jennifer O’Connor of
rehabilitation providers, improvements in Calvary Health Care Tasmania
Department of Health and Human Services,
The Department of Health and Human
Services provides health, housing and
community services to all Tasmanians.
It implemented a comprehensive return
to work program that involves all
relevant parties such as the injured
worker, their doctor and their
The program ensures effective strategies
are employed to achieve the best
outcome for employees as well as
ensuring the injured/ill employee is
restored to their fullest potential.
The Department prides itself on having
developed a system, which promotes an
effective return to work program
sensitive to the needs of all stakeholders.
Marjorie Sheedy of the Department of Health and Human Services
receives the award from Premier Jim Bacon
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CATEGORY 5 Best induction program
Devonport City Council, Devonport
The Devonport City Council is a The occupational health and safety management, personal protective
regional city council employing about component of this induction deals with equipment, handling hazardous
200 people on the North-West Coast. general information in relation to materials, manual handling and fire
To assist in achieving a safe working obligations of council and employees safety – is also shown.
environment, all new employees are under the Workplace Health and Safety Following the induction/orientation a
given an extensive induction/orientation Act and Regulations. A safety video – training questionnaire that asks specific
on their first morning of employment. which explores topics such as risk questions about OHS is given to
employees for completion.
The immediate surpervising officer also
conducts area familiarisation.
The induction handbook, which
accompanies this training, is seen as a
growing document and is continually
updated to reflect any
changes/additions to the council’s
organisational structure and/or policies
(L to R) Julie Fitzpatrick and David Jones of the Devonport City Council with the Gold Award
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Cradle Coast Water, Ulverstone
Cradle Coast Water is a bulk water
authority supplying treated water to
councils for reticulation.
Cradle Coast Water developed a
comprehensive induction program to fit
its Integrated Management System. The
program is subject to an annual review.
It has been established by employees
using a hands-on approach thus giving
them a sense of ownership over the
induction program as well as the
opportunity to learn new skills.
The program meets all the required
criteria including legislative compliance,
OHS policies, risk assessment and
hazard management and subsequent
The Premier of Tasmania Jim Bacon presents the Silver Award to
Michael Higginson of Cradle Coast Water
An initial induction of employees occurs
in their first week of employment and
they are continually assessed over the
following weeks. All workers are
required to complete the TAFE OHS
General Industry Induction.
Central Coast Council, Ulverstone
The Central Coast Council is centred on
the North-West Coast towns of Penguin
and Ulverstone and their surrounds and
employs 180 people.
It recently completed a full safety
induction program for all outdoor and
indoor staff and elected representatives.
The program was originally an adjunct
to the general induction program but
has taken on a much greater identity
reflecting the council’s commitment to
occupational health and safety issues
within the working environment.
The program centres on an induction
reference booklet and includes a review
process involving one week and one
month reviews to ensure a full
understanding of all safety matters Tony King of the Central Coast Council receives the award from
covered. Premier Jim Bacon
Importantly, it has been designed to
include contractors and short-term
visitors, such as work experience
students, and is now an integral part of
all tenders let by the council.
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CATEGORY 6 Best training program
Cradle Coast Water, Ulverstone
Cradle Coast Water is a bulk water allocated for training on elements of the improvement which are reviewed
authority supplying treated water to integrated management system including monthly by management.
councils for reticulation. a safety induction refresher, risk and The training program has empowered
Cradle Coast Water’s training revolves hazard assessments and emergency workers to be more self confident and
around a training program developed in response plans. work more independently – hence
November each year in full consultation Training is identified in light of requiring less supervision – and has
with employees. corrective action requests, provided greater job satisfaction.
The program developed for 2001 has complaints/incident reports, accident
allocated 11.06 training days for each and incident reports, risk or hazard
employee, 5.5 days of which are assessments and opportunities for
(L to R) Casey van Eysden of Cradle Coast Water, Dr Rob Walters of the WorkCover
Tasmania Board, Premier Jim Bacon and Michael Higginson of Cradle Coast Water
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Strathcare operates aged-care residential
services and facilities in both the South
and North-West regions.
Since 1997 Strathcare has committed
itself to an extensive occupational health
and safety training program, which has
led to a $160,000 reduction alone in
workers compensation premium costs.
Due to the customised nature of training,
Strathcare management has complete
ownership of its workplace health and
safety program and has developed its own
training courses to systematically manage
its safety responsibility.
Site managers have developed and
routinely deliver a two-day induction
training course for all new employees.
Premier Jim Bacon presents a Silver Award to Anne Priest of Strathcare
Stornoway Maintenance Pty Ltd, Bridgewater
Stornoway Maintenance is a member of
the Stornoway Contracting Division,
one of Australia’s emerging small to
medium sized civil contracting and
resource management organisations.
Upon appointment, staff undergo a
thorough induction process at three
levels – level one for suppliers and
contractors with little site exposure, level
two for regular subcontractors and
visitors to the site and level three which
is a detailed and intense induction for
The induction is supplemented by an
expanded and mandatory training
program fashioned from the risk
assessment. The risk assessment ensures
that the major hazards workers face are Chris Cartledge of Stornoway Maintenance receiving the award from
identified and control measures put in Premier Jim Bacon
Ongoing refresher courses and upskilling
are conducted throughout the
employee’s tenure with the company.
WORKPLACE ISSUES NO. 20 | NOVEMBER | 2001 17
W O R K P L A C E
CATEGORY 7 Best workplace health and safety
Pages Espresso Bar and Takeaways, Launceston
Pages Espresso Bar and Takeaways, It was also produced in full consultation focused on ensuring staff do not become
which employs 15 people in Launceston, with staff to ensure it accurately complacent and that any new hazards
identified existing hazards within the reflected their concerns. are quickly identified and fixed.
business and developed an occupational The owners have also spent a substantial
health and safety manual. amount of money to ensure the
The manual has since been effectively premises are as safe as possible.
incorporated into the workplace and With the safety manual in place, and the
managed to ensure its guidelines are staff fully familiar with it, OHS is now
(L to R) Workplace Standards Inspectors Terry Hurley, Geoff Price, Phillip Riley and
Workplace Standards Regional Manager North, Danny Dougherty with Barry and Sharon
Page (front) of Pages Espresso Bar and Takeaways
18 WORKPLACE ISSUES NO. 20 | NOVEMBER | 2001
S A F E A W A R D S
initiative in small business
KD Barker Logging, Ouse
KD Barker Logging is a small timber
harvesting business, which operates in a
The day-to-day tasks involved in
extracting timber can result in accidents
or incidents, which are costly to both
employers and workers.
The business has developed a system to
assist in assessing the risk associated with
hazards identified in its workplace.
The risk management manual it has
developed combined the company’s
own knowledge with that of its
workers, principal employer, Workplace
Standards Tasmania, the Tasmanian
Logging Association, the Hollybank
Forestry Training Centre and the
Nannett and Kerry Barker of K D Barker
TasTrans Logistics, West Launceston
TasTrans Logistics’ core business is the
transportation of wool to interstate wool
dumps and overseas destinations.
It became aware of a workplace hazard
associated with tarping trailers 4.3 m off
the ground. There was a risk of a worker
slipping and falling when removing the
tarpaulin from the safety cage and
unrolling it the length of the trailer.
After a meeting between management
and workers it was agreed that workers
would wear a safety harness with a built-
in shock absorber which was attached to
a static cable running through the
company’s building. This meant that if a
worker slipped while securing the
tarpaulin he could not fall to the ground.
This has improved the safety of workers Premier Jim Bacon presents Bronze to Steve
and a similar device has been installed at Brown of TasTrans Logistics
Roberts Wool, at Evandale.
WORKPLACE ISSUES NO. 20 | NOVEMBER | 2001 19
Manual Handling Focus for
New Workplace Safe Campaign
A new Workplace Safe education outlines the significance of the manual regardless of occupation are at risk of
campaign to inform both handling problem in Tasmania, injury. Body strain is the name given to
including the cost to the community, to an injury that results from an unsafe
employers and workers about the worker and to the employer. Nine manual handling activity. It can be
the dangers of hazardous manual black spot occupational groups where caused by a single strain incident from
handling tasks and resulting workers have been identified as being over-exertion or by a series of minor
injuries was launched by the most at risk of severe injury are strains that build up over a long period.
highlighted. Body strain case studies and Injuries can be totally debilitating and, as
WorkCover Tasmania Board fact sheets are available for each of these with all workplace injuries, can have wide
during Workplace Safe Week. occupational groups. ranging emotional, social, physical and
The campaign incorporates a number of The kit explains in a simple easy to follow financial implications.
elements, including public relations and style, how body strain injuries can be While it’s impossible to calculate the
advertising. Two styles of television ads prevented by following the SAFE steps of emotional and physical and social costs
have been developed to convey the risk management—Spot the Hazard, of body strain injuries, the dollar cost to
manual handling message, along with Assess the Risk, Tasmanian businesses was estimated at
ads for radio, print, press, billboards, Fix the Problem, $35.4 million in 1999–2000. Almost
taxi backs, and milk cartons. Evaluate Results. 4000, or more than a third, of all
A key component of the campaign is a To assist in this reported workplace injuries in that year
comprehensive information kit titled process, risk were body strain injuries. The back and
Body Strain Prevention Kit: Your Guide worksheets and upper limbs are the areas of the body
to Avoiding Manual Handling Injuries summary sheets are included in the kit, most commonly affected.
in the Workplace. The kit is designed to along with directions on how to use More than half of the body strain injuries
help Tasmanian businesses to them. The kit also contains a poster and reported in 1999–2000 were experienced
systematically manage manual handling body strain hazard stickers. by Tasmanians working in the black spot
risks in the workplace and provides While the kit is primarily aimed at occupations. These were: nursing
detailed information about the risk employers, it is also of use to occupational occupations; machine operators; metal
management process and the prevention health and safety representatives, safety tradespersons; trades assistants; sales
of body strain. committees, supervisors, consultants or assistants; agricultural labourers; cleaners;
anyone else with an interest in road transport drivers and school
understanding the manual handling risk teachers. The black spot occupations
management process. were identified through a report
Three of the new television ads have published in 1999 by the Workplace
been designed to publicise the kit and Safety Board of Tasmania titled, Potential
encourage employers to call the Target Areas for the Strategic Prevention
Workplace Standards Helpline to get of Workplace Injuries.
their free copy. For more information and a free copy of
Manual handling is an issue for every the Body Strain Prevention Kit (GB114),
worker and employer as hazards exist in businesses can call the Workplace
every occupation. Manual handling Standards Helpline on 1300 366 322.
includes a wide range of
activities such as lifting and
lowering, pushing, pulling,
holding, restraining or
moving objects, people or
animals and repetitive
actions such as typing or
using a tool or lever.
Because everyone in every
workplace carries out
As well as containing definitions of manual handling tasks
manual handling and body strain, the kit every day, all workers,
20 WORKPLACE ISSUES NO. 20 | NOVEMBER | 2001
DHHS Workplace Safe Week Activities Around the State
A variety of activities were
planned around the state
for Workplace Safe Week.
Department of Health and Human
Services (DHHS) workplaces were
encouraged to organise their own
activities, based on either the
theme for the Week – ‘Use Your
Brain, Avoid the Strain’ – or other
current occupational health and
safety (OHS) issues relevant to
Activities were held at many
DHHS sites throughout the Week,
with staff from the DHHS OHS
Unit attending many of the events.
Royal Hobart Hospital
• A debate with employee and The winners of the Royal Hobart Hospital Workplace Safe Week competition. (L
management representatives on to R) Employee Safety Representative Ian Norris, Employee Safety Representative
the topic ‘OHS is just a matter Kae Clark, Senior Inspector Workplace Standards Leon Spencer, Manager Food
of common sense’ Services Rob de Salis and Employee Safety Representative Suzette Fleming.
• A competition, which was open
to all departments in the North West Regional Hospital West Tamar Health and
hospital. Work areas were asked • Various poster displays during Community Centre –
to nominate their area as the the week at key points across Beaconsfield
safest, and supply supporting the hospital, including topics on • A display and information
information outlining recent manual handling, safety with session on employer and
OHS initiatives. The sharps, spotting the hazard and employee responsibilities in the
competition was won by the OHS responsibilities workplace.
Food Services Department, • Training sessions in managing
whose initiatives included the workplace hazards. Launceston General Hospital
involvement of the employee • A general OHS display with
safety representatives during the Devonport Community handouts available.
kitchen redevelopment and the Health Centre
installation of safety mirrors in • Workplace security-based Community Nursing –
key areas throughout the activities, with particular
department. Following the
emphasis on all employees
debate, Workplace Standards • A manual handling assessment
wearing photographic identity
Senior Inspector Leon Spencer incorporating double bed
presented an OHS reference making
• Hazard identification in clients’
manual to the manager of Food • A spot-the-hazard workplace
• Displays in the main foyer, which North East Soldiers
included an overview of the new Midlands Multi-Purpose
Memorial Hospital –
‘no patient lift’ program. Centre – Oatlands
• Lunchtime presentations on • OHS committee meeting.
• A manual handling promotion
workplace aggression open to all in the main shopping area of
staff . Housing Services Tasmania –
• A manual handling workshop
West Coast District Hospital • A presentation by Tasmania
– Queenstown Police about dealing with
• OHS committee meeting. aggressive clients
• A training/information session
covering identification and • An information session on the
St Marys Health Centre
management of workplace importance of reporting
• A display and information session workplace incidents.
stressors, employer/employee on employer and employee
OHS responsibilities, and responsibilities in the workplace.
managing hazardous substances St John’s Park Campus
• A workplace inspection of the • A display and video on safe
St Helens Hospital
hospital catering services manual handling was held each
• A display and information session lunch time in the amenities centre.
• Ergonomic workstation on employer and employee
assessments. responsibilities in the workplace.
WORKPLACE ISSUES NO. 20 | NOVEMBER | 2001 21
SERS get involved with two
Workplace Safe Week activities
Staff at Steve Edgerton review the location and quantity of our
Sheetmetal and Roofing fire fighting equipment and the safety and
security of critical business information as
Service (SERS) ran two a part of our evacuation procedures.
activities during Workplace These issues are crucial in protecting our
Safe Week: a test of company staff and minimizing damage to our
evacuation procedures, and a business assets should fire occur.
demonstration of ‘working “Our evacuation wardens have helped us
safely at height’. to identify where we can improve our
communications during such an
A fire evacuation drill was held on
emergency as well as making sure we
Tuesday 16 October, which ran fairly
account for public safety,” Harold said.
smoothly according to SERS Works
Estimator, Harold Deverell. The second activity during Workplace
“Testing our response in such an Safe Week was a scaffold demonstration.
emergency has helped us to identify SERS employees erected a lightweight
areas for improving our systems. While scaffold and demonstrated the use of a
employees knew we would be carrying suspended swing stage.
out the drill, they responded in a “Due to the company’s investment in
professional manner, realising the this type of equipment, SERS customers
importance of being prepared for can be assured that work carried out on
emergency situations. their behalf will comply with the
“Having tested our performance on Tasmanian ‘Working at Height’ codes of
A scaffold demonstration by SERS employees
evacuating our people, we now intend to practice,” Harold said.
The Gardens Display Safety Achievements
The Gardens aged care facility
mounted several displays
during Workplace Safe Week.
The Gardens is an aged care facility with
56 residents and 80 staff. It was a
Workplace Safe Award winner in 1997
for a back care program.
Also a finalist in the 2000 Workplace
Safe Awards – for a program dealing
with the management of aggressive
behaviours – The Gardens continues to
promote health and safety in the
workplace, and is currently undertaking
major capital expenditure to upgrade fire
prevention equipment and improve
evacuation routes beyond the statutory
This year staff and management
produced two displays, one to raise (L to R) The Gardens Director of Nursing Meg Skegg, Workplace Standards Inspector
awareness by identifying possible hazards Carol Bain and The Gardens Managing Director Tony Smith
in the workplace and the other to
highlight some recently introduced • directional view mirrors to enable • Johnny belts, which staff use to assist
safety innovations. These innovations clear vision at corridor junctions ambulatory residents while they are
included: using walking frames
• small hot water urns as a replacement
• spring loaded laundry baskets for jugs and kettles • provision for more electro-mechanical
• an automatic cleaning chemical • smaller drinking water containers with patient lifters to support the back
dispensing system taps to prevent lifting care program.
22 WORKPLACE ISSUES NO. 20 | NOVEMBER | 2001
Oakdale Services Tasmania
Launches into Workplace Safe Week
Oakdale Services held two
events during the Week, both
focusing on the health and
safety of clients and staff.
Oakdale Services provides an
accommodation service for individuals
with an intellectual disability. It has 51
clients and 38 staff.
Support worker Ian Hopkins worked
with the health and safety committee
and management to develop a revised
health and safety policy manual. The
manual was endorsed by the Board of
Directors and has been accepted by staff
Oakdale Services used Workplace Safe
Week to re-launch this manual at a
morning presentation for all staff, and
representatives of the Board of Directors.
The presentation focused on the new
manual handling section of the policy.
Ian Hopkins from Oakdale Services gives a hazard identification presentation
Another event run during the Week at
Oakdale was an evening presentation on
hazard identification. The presentation, Spencer, identified workplace hazards for attended the event supported the
facilitated by Ian and supported by staff and clients, and offered solutions presentation enthusiastically.
Workplace Standards Inspector Leon for these hazards. The 60 people who
May Shaw Nursing Centre
Swansea’s May Shaw Nursing • Manual handling of laundry is being
Centre has a keen eye on reviewed to reduce both load sizes and
the need to lift laundry.
manual handling issues, and
• Mechanical lifting aids are used for all
received its copy of the new patient-handling procedures.
Body Strain Prevention Kit
• Centre management have engaged a
during Workplace Safe Week. masseur and encourage staff to have a
The centre provides care for 25 residents weekly massage to prevent
and has 40 staff. The complex musculoskeletal injuries.
incorporates a medical practice, and has With extensive fundraising, the local
two acute care beds and two respite community and nursing centre staff have
beds. Home care services are made another initiative possible. The
coordinated from the site and purchase of a bus with a mechanical
community nursing facilities are also hoist attached will be of enormous
available. benefit for residents. The bus will allow
Management and staff at May Shaw are a wider variety of activities to be
very safety-conscious, with all safety undertaken and will provide greater
policies currently under review. Several safety for staff by reducing difficult
manual handling issues are either under resident-handling situations.
review or in place:
May Shaw Nursing Centre Systems Coordinator Mark Bartello shows the new bus and hoist platform that will reduce difficult transfer situations.
WORKPLACE ISSUES NO. 20 | NOVEMBER | 2001 23
Glenorchy City Council Events
Glenorchy City Council got involved during Workplace Safe Week and held a
and safety-focused events.
Healthy Heart Screening healthy eating and future coronary risk. the plant supervisor was to contact the
After completing the lifestyle evaluation emergency services.
and the health and fitness appraisal, An information sheet was handed out to
clients received a personalised report observers prior to the event, which
containing specific recommendations. informed readers of the hazards
The report was aimed at setting goals associated with the storage and handling
and allowing for future comparisons. of Chlorine and also indicated what
should happen should a gas leak actually
Jake said that he was seeing some clients
occur during the exercise.
for the second time, and was able to
make comparisons with the previous John said, “Appropriate procedures have
sessions he had run. “There has been a been taken to minimise risks at a
definite improvement in some clients,” tolerable level during the exercise.”
he said. TasFire Service attended the exercise
and ran through procedures with
Hazardous Chemical participating council workers. It was a
Emergency Incident good opportunity for the participants to
be ‘walked through’ a potential gas leak
and view first-hand how an emergency
operation would be run.
Health and Lifestyle professional Jake Lee Ergonomic Work Station
tests a council employee
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
during Workplace Safe Week, Glenorchy
City Council held a Healthy Heart
Screening activity at various sites: the
Council Chambers, the works centre
and its childcare centres.
Health and fitness appraisals were
carried out by health and lifestyle
professional, Jake Lee.
The appraisals were a non-threatening
process designed to establish a complete
‘healthy’ snapshot of clients. The
sessions – encompassing various aspects
of the clients’ health and fitness –
consisted of a lifestyle evaluation and The emergency team at work
The appraisal measurements included:
• cardiorespiratory function/aerobic
Glenorchy City Council Workplace
fitness – resting heart rate, blood Steph Cassidy from APM advises Heritage
Health and Safety Officer John Sullivan
pressure, peak flow and maximum VO2 Officer Nicole Warren about safe work
used a hazardous chemical emergency
• body composition – lean body mass, practices
incident exercise to identify
fat mass, sum of skinfolds and body fat opportunities for improvements to the
percentage current emergency management plan for Ergonomic assessments were another of
• flexibility and range of motion the Glenorchy City Council’s sewage Glenorchy City Council’s initiatives
treatment site. during the week. Council workers were
• strength, endurance and power profile
John said, “Using the practical scenario, invited to the informal session to learn
• musculoskeletal condition and posture we have a chance to see what will more about working safely in an office
profile actually work on the ground.” environment.
• anthropometry – specific The scenario involved a gas leak being Glenorchy City Council Risk
circumferences and height. detected, an attempt to shut off the Management Coordinator, Stuart Lovell
The accompanying lifestyle evaluation main cylinder valve failing and gas set up a workstation – provided by
questionnaire provided feedback on the continuing to escape. In response to Bentley House – in the Mayoral
client’s activity level, stress management, this simulated liquefied chlorine leak, Reception area at the Council Chambers.
24 WORKPLACE ISSUES NO. 20 | NOVEMBER | 2001
Mobile Display Unit on Show
variety of health
Steph Cassidy from Advanced Personal
Management (APM) carried out the
assessments. Steph told participating
workers that ergonomics considers
• health of the worker
• satisfaction of the worker – the
• productivity – the worker needs to be
able to do the job and be productive
• affordability of the product.
Steph mentioned work aids such as
adjustable keyboards and footrests, as
well as discussing work practices such as
eliminating clutter on desks and the need
for pause exercises. Time was also given
to answering worker questions.
The Workplace Standards’ mobile unit set up for business in the main street of
Workplace Standards including the new Body Strain
Inspector Trevor Marshall Prevention Kits. Trevor’s first stop
was at Sheffield, where he parked the
got out and about during unit in the main street – with kind
Workplace Safe Week, permission from the local council.
spreading the Workplace Safe Trevor said, “Throughout the day I
message to rural residents. would have had around 30 customers
Trevor took the opportunity to use and the unit created quite a few looks
the new Workplace Standards mobile with its Workplace Safe signage.”
display unit. The idea behind the unit The following day saw the display unit
was to spread safety messages more set up at the Quoiba cattle saleyards.
widely. Sometimes getting to regional Trevor estimated around 40 visitors
centres can be a problem for more through that day, many keen for the
isolated residents and the mobile unit opportunity to collect safety
is a great way of getting the message information and have a chat.
to the outlying areas. Since Workplace Safe Week, Trevor has
(L to R) Council employee Anthony For the purpose of Trevor’s visits, the visited the Cooee saleyards, and a McCain
Whitbread is tested by Emma Wheeler and unit was fitted out with a rural safety employee and family occupational health
Joy Englert from Sound Advice display and a selection of handouts, and safety barbecue day.
Hearing testing, provided by Sound
Advice was conducted on the Wednesday
and Thursday during Workplace Safe
Week at the Glenorchy City Council’s
Calvary Health Care
The testing was carried out over two
Thanks Safety Reps
days and around 28 workers were tested Calvary Health Care held an 14 safety representatives and
each day. The activity was open to all of afternoon tea on Monday 15 acknowledged their hard work.
Council’s workers. October to promote Workplace Safe They were presented with certificates
Week and to thank its very for successfully completing the four-day
Emma Wheeler from Sound Advice said, hardworking health and safety
“ We get requests from companies state- TAFE Safety Representative course.
representatives. The representatives also received
wide, and we’ve carried out testing for
all sizes and types of company from Director of Nursing and Chairperson badges to wear at work so that other
heavy industrial through to small of the Safe Practice and Environment staff can identify them easily.
privately owned concerns.” Committee Sally Faulkner thanked the
WORKPLACE ISSUES NO. 20 | NOVEMBER | 2001 25
Get Fit, Stay Fit and Stay Safe at DIER
Fitball sessions were conducted by
Amanda Coombe, owner and
Managing Director of Personal
Best Fitness Training. Amanda’s
business specialises in personal
training, group fitness, injury
rehabilitation, fat loss programs,
child and adolescent fitness and
work place health promotion.
Over 50 DIER employees got
involved, using the classes either to
overcome pain or to get fit.
The second activity involved
relaxing massage sessions. Dee
Gibson’s 20-minute neck and
shoulder massages were well
received by DIER employees.
Nineteen people availed
Amanda Coombe runs DIER staff through some fitball exercises themselves of the opportunity for
a relaxing session with Dee.
The Department of Infrastructure The first activity included a range The week’s activities culminated
Energy and Resources (DIER) of sessions using fitballs. The with a ‘Help yourself to better
provided a number of activities sessions were divided into two health over lunch’ workshop and
for employees during Workplace groups – overcoming back pain lunch on the Friday of Workplace
Safe Week. and getting fit using the fitball. Safe Week.
Workplace Safe Week at Civic Solutions
Throughout Workplace Safe
Week, Civic Solutions offered
training opportunities for its
Civic Solutions is a division within the
Hobart City Council. The organisation
saw the week as a good time to train its
workers in a variety of work-related areas.
TasFire Service provided fire safety
training at its Cambridge training site.
The training was aimed at providing
Civic Solutions’ workers with a good
understanding of the correct use of fire
Manual handling training was also
offered. Civic Solutions saw the need
for this type of training, as much of the
work done in the division involves
manual handling. Training involved
correct lifting techniques, and where
possible, avoiding the strain by using A Civic Solutions worker practises the correct use of fire extinguishers
Blood Borne Virus Training provided what Civic Solutions is doing to protect decided to offer it again this year as a
awareness to all Civic Solutions’ workers its workforce against such diseases. refresher for all Civic Solutions
of the risks associated with contracting Basic Safe-a-Life First Aid Training employees. The course covered CPR
various strains of Hepatitis, and also was delivered last year, and it was and various other modules.
HIV and AIDS. The training outlined
26 WORKPLACE ISSUES NO. 20 | NOVEMBER | 2001
Log Truck Inspections Seminar
Safety Group (TTISG)
sponsored a seminar
during Workplace Safe
Inspecting log trucks in Market Place, Hobart Week.
The TTISG Heavy Vehicle
Division of Transport and Workplace • on the Eastern outlet near the Dampier Safety in Tasmania seminar was
Standards Tasmania inspectors combined Street overpass at Warrane. held on 16 October at the
for a Workplace Safe Week log truck Trucks were pulled into the mobile Launceston International
inspection exercise. inspection station and checked for Hotel. Approximately 50
The exercise was held over three days at mechanical, road and vehicle safety as well as delegates from across the
three different locations in the south of the license and registration details. Noise level transport industry attended.
State. Members of the public were invited checks were also taken inside truck cabins.
The seminar was jointly chaired
to view the checks first hand. Workplace Standards Inspector, Roger by Warwick Counsell of the
Log trucks were being stopped: Geeves said, “The exercise went well, and Tasmanian Transport
• at Market Place in Hobart only two log trucks were stood down over Association and Bill Noonan
• on the Brooker Highway near the the three days with extensive defects noted.” from the Transport Workers
Derwent Entertainment Centre at Union (TWU) Vic-Tas Branch.
Glenorchy Sessions included an
entertaining and informative
Aquatas Forklift Safety Revision Training talk from the keynote speaker
Dr Philip Swann from
VicRoads, on the impact of
fatigue, alcohol and other
human factors that affect the
ability of transport drivers to
operate safely. A session on
‘Forklifts – Tools or Terrors’
from Workplace Standards
Inspector Phillip Riley was also
Other speakers included
Inspector David Paton
(Tasmania Police), Tony Hutton
(Garth Heywood Trucks), John
Baring (National Road
Transport Commission), Myrna
McHugh (Workplace Standards)
Bert Elson (Transport, Vehicle
Operations Branch) and Michael
(L to R) Brian Mott, Les Maxwell, Hayden Pearson and Paul Mitchell prepare for a forklift training session Nealer (TWU).
Delegates were also given a
During Workplace Safe Week, fish and In addition to the national Certificate of copy of the booklet, Tasmanian
seafood production/processing company, Competency, Aquatas has introduced an in-
Transport Industry Guide to
Aquatas, ran forklift safety revision house certificate for forklift drivers at its
Meeting the OH&S Duty of
training for its forklift drivers. Gunpowder site. Due to the steepness of
Care. Copies of the booklet
Aquatas knows that under the Workplace the site, drivers are given extra training and
are available free by contacting
Health and Safety Act 1995, it has a duty of are assessed by the Safety Manager, who is
the Workplace Standards
care for increased supervision and training an accredited forklift assessor.
Helpline on 1300 366 322.
where hazardous conditions exist.
WORKPLACE ISSUES NO. 20 | NOVEMBER | 2001 27
Aurora’s Safety Commitment
at Work and in the Community
And in a measure of commitment to A corresponding series of press
employee safety in an industry with advertisements and brochures provides
potential high risk, Aurora joined with specific warnings set against a range of
Hydro Tasmania and Transend commonplace situations where there is a
Networks to submit an entry in the potential risk in failure to follow safe
“Best Induction Program” category in procedures.
the Workplace Safe Awards. Adrian Wild said the print series
Aurora Manager Corporate Affairs covered everything from the benefits of
Adrian Wild said the company safety switches to the care needed with
recognised that while electricity is an vegetation management, or the obvious
essential commodity in modern life, it dangers of climbing on electricity assets
also can be a very dangerous product. (power poles, towers etc).
The advertisements have been published
“We accept the responsibility of ensuring
in Tasmania’s daily newspapers, as well
the safety of our employees as a first
Aurora Energy used this year’s as the numerous regional weekly
priority within the electricity business.
newspapers and a range of other
Workplace Safe Week to give And in the broader community Aurora
fresh emphasis to the critical acknowledges that it has an essential
educational role,” he said. “Aurora has been delighted to have the
messages of electrical safety cooperation and support of Workplace
both in the community and Aurora’s latest community campaign was Standards in developing and refining the
among its own workforce. conducted in October and will be content of these messages, and getting the
repeated in January. information to as wide an audience as
The electricity distributor and retailer
It features four television advertisements possible,” Adrian said.
launched a series of television and press
advertisements to highlight a range of covering safety on construction sites and Aurora’s aim is to ensure that electrical
electrical safety messages, applicable to other work locations in and around the safety is at the forefront of thinking for
everyone from young families in the home home, and another targeted at farm all employees, and also that it is
to workers on major construction sites. locations and DIY enthusiasts. ingrained in community behaviour.
Cradle Coast Water Display Safety at Work
Workplace Safe Week was a busy
one for North-West Coast Water
Authority, Cradle Coast Water.
As part of Workplace Safe Week, Cradle
Coast Water held a reservoir cleaning
display. The aim was to demonstrate the
differences in cleaning practices from past
to present. It also demonstrated how past
hazards such as strains, sprains, manual
handling, slips, trips and falls, rescue,
confined space and back-related injuries
have been overcome.
The display used a crane and ‘man cage’ to
highlight all aspects of the Workplace Safe
Week theme ‘Use Your Brain, Avoid the
Strain’. The reservoir cleaning took place
at the company’s Forth Treatment Plant
and was open to the public.
In conjunction with the reservoir cleaning,
Cradle Coast Water also had a safety display
to promote safety awareness in both the
workplace and the general community.
Cradle Coast ended the week’s activities
with a safety committee meeting. Reservoir cleaning at Cradle Coast Water’s Forth Treatment Plant
28 WORKPLACE ISSUES NO. 20 | NOVEMBER | 2001
Activities in the NORTH
Workplace Standards Display at Henty House
workplace visits and
competitions were all the go A display set up on the ground floor of The display encouraged the viewer to
Henty House in Launceston had its work through the SAFE steps when
during Workplace Safe Week
focus on manual handling issues, in line manual handling tasks are involved:
in northern Tasmania. with the Workplace Safe Week theme Spot the hazard, Assess the risk, Fix
‘Use your Brain, Avoid the Strain’. the problem and Evaluate the risk.
Award-winning physiotherapist Anne
Taylor gave a ‘Manutention’
presentation to Northern Workplace
Standards inspectors at a breakfast
session in Launceston during
Workplace Safe Week.
Anne Taylor is a member of the
Manual Handling Trainers Forum,
and an accredited ‘Manutention’
trainer with the Australian
Association of Manutention
Practitioners Inc – Manutention
being a French technique of manual Workplace safety on display at Henty House
Anne also conducted a ‘Manutention
of Loads’ Certificate 2 training
course on 17 and 18 October at Presenting the Body Strain Prevention Kit
Wise Work Pty Ltd in Nile as part of Throughout the State, Workplace
Workplace Safe Week 2001. Standards inspectors delivered the new
Manutention is a method of manual Body Strain Prevention Kit to
handling training introduced to businesses during Workplace Safe
Australia in 1995. The method was Week. The Kit was launched as part
developed as a result of recognition of the Week.
that cumulative effects of poor Workplace Standards inspectors Jo
posture and work practices are Hendly and Terry Hurley made a stop
implicated in many sprains and at Coles Supermarket’s Kings
strains suffered by workers, Meadows store to go through the Kit
particularly those of the back, neck with managers there.
and shoulders – a significant feature
of Australia and Tasmania’s
workplace injury statistics.
Looking over the Body Strain Prevention Kit were (L to R) Store Manager Craig Boxhall,
Lisa Knight, Workplace Standards Inspector Terry Hurley and Coles Workplace Safety
Manager Terri Cameron
J Boag and Son Brewing Limited
One event organised to coincide with
the Week at J Boag and Son Brewing
Limited was a ‘Spot-the-Hazard’
A set depicting a hazardous workplace
was designed and assembled. Entrants
were asked to identify the hazards
within the design. The first person
drawn who had correctly identified all
of the hazards won a prize.
Ann Taylor demonstrates ‘manutention’
The ‘Spot-the-Hazard’ set at J Boag and Son Brewing Limited
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TCCI Working Safe 2001 OHS Conference
The Tasmanian Chamber of One of the topics addressed at the combating road trauma. This session
conference, and the subject of the looked at statistics provided by the road
Commerce and Industry safety branch of the Department of
keynote address, was the use of genetic
(TCCI) held an occupational testing to screen employees and job Infrastructure Energy and Resources
health and safety (OHS) applicants. For pre-employment (DIER), which show clearly why
purposes in particular, this is becoming authorities are looking to business
conference and trade exhibition leaders to shoulder some responsibility.
increasingly popular with employers in
during Workplace Safe Week. the recruitment process both internally In the face of what could be the worst
The conference, held at Wrest Point and externally. Genetic testing of road toll in decades, road safety
Casino, spanned two days and presented employees and job applicants is set to authorities want business to tackle the
some exciting and topical subjects in become an emotive, controversial and significant proportion of road trauma
workplace safety. It allowed the potentially litigious workplace issue. that is work-related.
opportunity for delegates to access Dr Margaret Otlowski, Director of the The conference provided an ideal
information and to network with people Centre for Law and Logistics at the opportunity for expert speakers to make
involved in the workplace health and University of Tasmania, has closely business aware of the steps that can be
safety area. followed the genetic testing debate and taken to reduce the staggering road toll.
Three concurrent streams were run during delivered the address.
The issue of alcohol and drugs and
the conference: injury management, There was also a call from road safety their effects in the workplace was
workers compensation and OHS. authorities for the corporate sector to also the subject of a session at the
assume greater responsibility for OHS conference.
ACL – A Week For Safety Training
Around 30 ACL Bearing Company
workers attended training sessions in the
use of compressed air during Workplace
The company had previously held
awareness sessions with its maintenance
and project department workers on the
subject of compressed air safety. These
sessions then became the catalyst for
similar training of shop-floor workers.
Representatives from Norgren and Riley
Industrial Marine Services, together with
ACL, put together a training package
based around the shop floor usage of
In addition to this training, ACL also ran
training in First Aid. TasFire Training
also conducted Fire Warden training for
approximately 40 workers across ACL Compressed Air Safety training conducted by Norgren and Riley Industrial Marine Services.
Bearing Company’s four plants.
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Workplace Standards Big Breakfast Session
Workplace Standards poster competition.
(Staff and their families had been invited
to enter a competition for the best poster
depicting a workplace hazard.)
The winning poster was a combined
effort from the Workplace Standards
Policy section. It illustrated the
interaction between stress, bullying, and
alcohol and other drugs in the workplace,
which affect health and safety both
directly and indirectly. Workplace
Standards is currently preparing a
publication about these ‘hidden hazards’
which will contain guidelines and
information to assist employers and
workers to develop appropriate workplace
policies to deal with these issues.
Workplace Standards staff put their backs into it during a lively manual handling session
Workplace Standards Tasmania’s Michael’s session linked manual
Rosny Office focused on manual handling issues to the work that most
office staff undertake, such as using
handling at a Workplace Safe trolleys for moving heavy loads and
Week breakfast. sitting for long periods at a computer.
Following on from a big breakfast, con- He stressed that mood and energy can
sultant physiotherapist Michael Roberts also be affected by body position, and
treated staff to a lively manual handling more attention should be given to good
session. Michael’s presentation covered: physical posture.
• lifting techniques – the semi-squat The room really came alive, when
approach Michael got people up to practice
• pushing, pulling and sliding objects bracing techniques and semi-squatting.
• handling heavy awkward and It was a fun session that made everyone
dangerous loads aware of the mistakes they make when
• team lifting lifting incorrectly.
• first aid for back pain. The finale of the breakfast was the Winners of the poster competition (L to R)
announcement of the winners of the Kelly Miller, Judy Parnell and Tania Foale
CRS Australia Says
‘Workplace Safety is Everyone’s Business’
In conjunction with Workplace ° empowering employees to
Safe Week, CRS Australia implement the Manual Handling
Code of Practice
presented a free seminar for
° understanding safe work practices
small business aimed at
° the correct setting up of a
minimising workplace risks and computer workstation.
accidents. • ‘Stressed to the Max’ – 10 tips for
The ‘Workplace Safety is Everyone’s reducing time lost due to workplace stress.
Business’ seminar, at Rydges Hobart • Workers compensation legislation –
Hotel on Thursday 18 October, covered recent amendments to the Act.
four topics: • Hiring temporary staff – covering for
staff on workers compensation absence.
• ‘Tote that barge and lift that bale’ –
° manual handling issues
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