The workplace that is the focus of this report is a professional services firm located in the Sydney Central Business District. The firm employs over 1,000 employees and provides professional services such as tax consulting to both local and international clients.
The firm occupies a 30-level tower building. Each level follows roughly the same layout: •There is a kitchen located on each corner of the building, which includes common appliances such as a microwave, refrigerator, coffee machine, vending machine, sink and a photocopier. •The office follows an open-plan layout where most junior employees are allocated cubicles. •The open-plan office is lined with individual partner and manager offices.
I am a consultant within one of the tax consulting teams. My work involves providing draft advices and liaising with clients at our own offices as well as at clients’ offices. This involves the use of a computer as well as the telephone for most of the work day.
Potential hazards encountered by different tasks or equipment:
There are many potential OHS hazards that could be encountered by the day-to-day tasks performed by employees as well as the equipment used.
Type of hazardSources of harm
Biological•Frequent close contact with other staff may facilitate spreading of germs. Chemical•Exposure to toner dust from laser printers and photocopiers. Heat•Inadequate ventilation and air conditioning may result in build up of heat. Fire•Risk of fire due to extensive use of electrical and electronic equipment such as computers, printers, etc. Noise•Noise from printers and photocopiers can be above the acceptable threshold especially since they are located very close to workstations. Physical•Walkways are narrow and obstacles such as recycling and archive boxes. •Lifting boxes and moving books from one place to another. •Posturing when sitting and...