Site Safety

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APPLICATION

Workplaces under the heading ‘Site Safety’ are bound by legislative requirements in the disciplines of traffic management, management of  hazardous/flammable storage, fire protection, onsite electricity, gas/flammable fuels  and water, machinery safety, height safety and environmental protection. This section has the necessary product range that will assist with the ‘safe place of work’ and ‘safe system of work’ obligations of statute law.

RISK ASSESSMENT

The Safe Work Australia Code of Practice ‘Managing the Work Environment & Facilities’ provides guidelines that address typical issues relating to Site Safety.

Signage
Safety signage is as essential element in any workplace. Signs are identified in categories - Mandatory, Prohibition, Danger, Warning, Emergency, Fire and general site safety signage. The Australian Standard AS 1319 sets out the requirements for the design and use of safety signs.

Traffic & Pedestrian Control
The movement of traffic in and around workplaces including road works warrants particular care due to the high risks involved. The Australian Standard AS 1743-2001 ‘Road signs specifications’ provides details of layout, graphics, size and material requirements.

Spill Control & Flammable Storage
Workplaces must be prepared for the management & storage control of hazardous materials with the capacity to reduce the chance of a spill spreading or a fire being caused and/or becoming worse. AS 1940-2004 sets out the requirements and recommendations for the safe storage and handling of flammable liquids.

Lockout/Tagout
A Lockout/Tagout programme includes the use of specific devices and tags to prevent accidental activation of equipment during maintenance, installation or inspection. Each confined space entry should have its own set of written lockout procedures and be appropriately supervised.

Ladders & Platforms
Falling from ladders is the cause of at least half of all falls from height injuries. Do not use ladders in the workplace before first seeking education and advice then ensuring that all ladder users are educated and authorised. AS 1892 sets out the design requirements for portable ladders and sets out the minimum requirements for selection, safe use and care.

Emergency Eye Wash & Shower Equipment
When workers’ bodies have the potential to be exposed to materials or chemicals which may cause injuries, access to appropriate eyewash and shower equipment for emergency treatment should be available. AS 4775-2007 specifies minimum performance and use requirements for eyewash and shower equipment for the emergency treatment.

useful references

Safe Work Australia Code of Practice ‘Managing the Work Environment & Facilities’.
AS 1319-1994 Safety signs for the occupational environment.
AS 1743-2001 Road sign specifications.
AS 1940-2004 The storage and handling of flammable combustible liquids.
AS 1892.5 Portable ladders - Selection, safe use and care.
AS 4775-2007 Emergency eye wash and shower equipment.

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