Work Health and Safety

Evacuation Exercise: Trial Evacuations: When Things Go Wrong

Work Place Safety Assessors advise that observing trial evacuations (evacuation exercise) from facilities there has been plenty of opportunity to witness interesting incidents. ‘Facilities’ can refer to a wide range of buildings such as office blocks, factories, warehouses, hotels and schools.  Many of these incidents are revealing, in that the evacuations were stressful,  inspiring or educational. Trial evacuations are valuable for working out if emergency response equipment works the way it is supposed to and if people know how to use it. Here are some good examples: In a school with an EWIS (SSIS) system, the wardens were asked to use the Warden

SAI Global Guide to Standards: Dangerous Goods: Work Health Safety

AUST – Work Place Safety Assessors advise that SAI Global has updated the ‘Guide to Standards – Dangerous Goods’ mentioning that “this document provides information on Standards and other industry specific information that may be of interest to anyone working with different types of dangerous goods, including manufacturers, importers, suppliers and users. The publications outlined in this guide cover requirements (including storage and handling) for dangerous goods transported by road and rail”… Work Health Safety Legislation Refer to our Work Health Safety Legislation Table for further statutory information on safe occupation of a building including asbestos audit and a confined space audit. Further Advice

Exit Paths: AS 3745-2010: Work Health Safety

NSW – Work Place Safety Assessors advise that property managers should not rely on the report from their annual evacuation exercise under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ to ensure the paths of travel to exits are clear. This may not prove adequate to satisfy the requirements of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation (EPAR). The Regulations require building owners to confirm on their Annual Fire Safety Statement that the building has been inspected by a properly qualified person and was found to be in in a position that did not disclose any ground for a prosecution under Division 7 (which covers Paths of Travel). An

Building & Work Health Safety Legislation

AUST – Work Place Safety Assessors advise that building owners, occupiers or employers of a building inherit obligations under various statutory legislation to ensure building works, alterations, occupation of a building and the inspection, testing and maintenance of nominated essential safety measures are complied with as required. The following table provide the reader with comprehensive overview of Australia’s building control process and essential safety measures documents to ensure a safe work environment… (more) Work Health Safety Legislation Refer to our Work Health Safety Legislation Table for further statutory information on safe occupation of a building.

NSW: Working at Heights: Work Health Safety

NSW – Work Place Safety Assessors advise occupiers and those who manage or control workplaces that a Work Safe Australia work health safety publication covers the responsibilities of those nominated in the Act/Regulations. Work Place Safety Assessors can assist property managers and occupiers with a Working at Heights Audit to satisfy work health safety obligations … (more) Further Advice For safe occupation of a building advice please contact our closest Work Place Assessor office by clicking here.

Duties of Managers Who Control Workplaces: Work Health Safety

VIC - Work Place Safety Assessors advise occupiers and those who manager or control workplaces that a WorkSafe Victoria work health safety publication covers the responsibilities of those nominated in the Act. Essential Property Services can assist property managers and occupiers with an OH&S Initial Hazard Identification… (more) Further Advice For safe occupation of a building advice please contact our closest Work Place Safety Assessor office by clicking here.

Work Health Safety: What is an Asbestos Register?

AUST – Work Place Safety Assessors advise that a work health safety asbestos register is a document that must be accessible to all personnel on site (building occupants). The asbestos register must contain the following information, all asbestos containing material (ACM) that has been identified, the date the ACM was identified and the type, condition and location of the ACM. The asbestos register must also identify when the ACM was last inspected … (more) Further Advice For safe occupation of a building advice please contact our closest Work Place Safety Assessor office by clicking here.

Hazardous Substances: Dangerous Goods: Work Health Safety

AUST – Work Place Safety Assessors advise prior to the                                                                         implementation of the Work Health Safety (WHS) Regulations storage, handling and use of hazardous chemicals were regulated in most states under separate regulations for hazardous substances and for dangerous goods.                 The new WHS Regulations cover workplace hazardous substances and dangerous goods under a single framework for hazardous chemicals. This introduces a new hazard classification and hazard communication system based on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). What are Hazardous Substances? Hazardous substances are those that, following worker exposure, can have an adverse effect on health. Examples of hazardous substances include poisons, substances that cause burns or skin and

Tenants: Dangerous Goods: Work Health Safety

AUST – Work Place Safety Assessors advise property owners to be concerned about the storage of dangerous goods as non compliance under the requirements of Work Health Safety regulations. The Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2000 requires the occupier of a premise where dangerous goods are stored and handled (where quantities exceed those listed) must establish a safe storage and handling system. It appears a lack of understanding of “C1 combustible liquids in an aggregate quantity of not more than 1000L” which was inserted as a new amendment in the reissued regulations in 2000 is causing concern. Property owners and

WA: Building and Work Health Safety Legislation

WA - Work Place Safety Assessors advise building owners, occupiers or employers for a building inherits obligations under the Western Australian Building Legislation (Building Code of Australia) to ensure building works, alterations, occupations of a building and the inspection, testing and maintenance of nominated essential safety measures are complied with as required. The following table provides the reader the comprehensive overview of the Western Australian Building and Work Health Safety Legislation... (more) Work Health Safety Legislation Refer to our Work Health Safety Legislation Table for further statutory information on safe occupation of a building including storage audits and asbestos register