Introduction

As required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1985, Section 21Striking Pools has determined that to prevent accidents and personal injury, a very high standard of safety will be maintained by all employees. Striking Pools will as far as practicable, ensure a safe and healthy working environment for all of its employees.

This will be maintained by:

  • Conforming to the Victorian Health and Safety Act, Industry Regulations Codes of Practice and established Standards.
  • Providing appropriate skill and safety training.
  • Providing appropriate Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment.
  • Ensuring Client/Host employer on site supervision.
  • Providing Company Occupational Health and Safety Representatives employed to attend to safety issues and inspect the work places.

 

It is the responsibility of each Striking Pools employee to work safely.

 

You are required:

  • To take reasonable care of your own health and safety and avoid affecting the health and safety of your co-workers and the general public.
  • To follow all safety instruction given by Striking Constructions and that of the Client/Host employer on site supervisor.

 

Please read the following pages and sign that you have understood the contents.

Safe work methods must be in place on every job, first aid facilities and emergency evacuation procedures. If you have any safety concerns please ring the office immediately.

 

 

General Safety

 

  • Please seek medical aid for any injury and report all injuries immediately to the on-site supervisor. Notify Striking Pools as practicable.
  • Do not leave the safe area of any site in an emergency situation without reporting your departure to the supervisor.
  • If you see a hazardous situation, report it to your foreman or safety representative.
  • If you are uncertain of the safe and correct way of doing a job, ASK. Do no take chances.
  • Under no circumstances is a person to ride on any equipment unless seated properly and only in a seat designed for such a purpose. NO SEAT – NO RIDE.
  • Do not attempt to operate machinery or equipment unless authorised by your supervisor.
  • For your protection, obey all warning signs.
  • Do not run, a smart walking pace is safer.
  • Do not take shortcuts or walk under or near moving machinery.
  • Use regular pathways, ramps etc.
  • NEVER walk backwards in a construction area.
  • Always make eye contact with any machine operator before crossing their path.

 

 

Fall Protection

 

  • Safety harnesses and lifelines must be used when other safeguards such as nets, decking or scaffolding cannot be used.
  • Please note: All equipment must be compatible. All safety lines should be adjusted to allow an absolute minimum free fall, or no free fall at all.
  • Generally, fall protection should be provided for anyone who could fall 2.0 metres or more.
  • Ladders are to be secured before using. If not practicable to secure, have someone hold he ladder.

 

Personal Protective Equipment

 

  • Always wear protective clothing, steel-cap boots, hardhat, gloves, masks, safety glasses, earmuffs and sunscreen here appropriate.
  • Safety glasses are required when hitting steel on steel, grinding, drilling, sawing or using impact tools.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing or jewellery that could catch on machinery. Long hair must be tied back.
  • Hearing protection is required when background noise is too loud; this is when you cannot hear normal conversation.
  • Respirators of the proper type must be worn whenever dust, fumes, gases or other harmful atmospheres are present. Check with your supervisor or safety representative.
  • Gloves should be used while handling building materials.
  • High visibility vests are to be worn where required.

 

Manual Handling

 

  • When lifting, bend your knees, maintain a flat or straight back, and use your thigh muscles to lift.
  • Avoid twisting, instead turn your feet, not your hips or shoulders.
  • Avoid reaching out; handle heavy objects close to the body.
  • Avoid lifting excessive weight; get help or use a mechanical device.

 

Electrical Equipment

 

  • An approved Earth Leakage Protection Device must be used with all electrical leads, power tools, lighting, and plant equipment.
  • All electrical equipment used on site must be tested and tagged in accordance with AS 3760.
  • Electrical tools and leads should be checked daily for any signs of damage.
  • Do not run electrical leads across walkways. Do not run electrical leads across metal objects, through doors or through water.
  • Report any defects.

 

Potentially Hazardous Substances or Materials

 

  • Safety Data sheets must be available on site in situations where hazardous substances or materials are to be handled or stored.
  • Instructions on handling hazardous substances or materials and any relevant precautions must be given on site before work begins. If you do no feel safe, do not do it. Contact your supervisor or safety representative.

 

Site rules and Behaviour

 

  • You must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during work hours. If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol you will not be permitted on site. Breaching of this rule may risk termination of your employment.
  • Prescription medications are the responsibility of the employee.
  • Engaging in any kind of violence is not permitted.
  • Bullying, pranking, sexual harassment, racial vilification will not be tolerated.
  • No verbal/contact to be made with any students while onsite.
  • Strictly no smoking on school premises.

 

Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment, Risk Control and Evaluation

 

  • Identify hazard
  • Assess the risk to Health and Safety
  • Control risk: eliminate, substitute or isolate the hazard and consider personal protective equipment.
  • Evaluate Control: Has chosen control been effective and are there any new hazards that have been discovered or introduced as a result?

 

 

As required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1985, Section 21