Health and Safety Report
In this report I will be conducting a safety inspection on my study area at home. I have identified six hazards and filled out an inspection checklist aswell as a table explaining the hazard, the risk, any recommendations, timeframe, records, monitoring and measuring and training. I conducted this inspection on the seventh of June 2010.
2. Brief overview of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is an important consideration for all Australians, but particularly for business. Good OHS practices not only provide a safer working environment but also improve worker morale and productivity. Businesses who strive to improve their OHS performance create safer workplaces which benefit not only employers but there families, their communities and the Australian economy. (Safe Work Australia 2009)
3. Stats on work related injuries per year
Every day a person is killed or dies as a result of a work related accident or injury. Each year approximately 140,000 people are injured so badly that they make a claim for workers compensation. This alone costs workers compensation schemes in excess of $5 billion a year. Maintaining a focus on OHS in the workplace will ensure that every Australian arrives home from work each day in the same state as they left. (Safe Work Australia 2009)
4. Difference between Hazards and Risks
A hazard is an item or event that could cause injury or loss. Whereas a risk is the likelihood or probability that an item or workplace will cause harm or loss. (Hottes 1997, pg 31)
An example of this is;
It is hazardous to cross a road – a passing vehicle may hit you. Before crossing the road, we should assess the risk of being hit. The risk would be higher at peak hour, in the dark, the more slowly we cross the road and/or the faster the traffic moves. The greater we assess the risk to be, the necessary it is to take steps to minimise it. (Cole 2001, pg 218)
5. Hazards in my Work area
References: • Department of further education, employment, science and technology, February 2010, pg 21 & 45 • www.electricaltagging.info/index.htm.