Scaffolding Safety

Scaffolders are responsible to install, dismantle and maintain scaffolding equipment. As per 74 (1) of the Regulations (Building Operations and Works of Engineering Construction) (Safety) Regulations, Factories and Machinery Act, 1986 stipulates that all the work including installing, dismantling and maintaining of the scaffold should be carried out under the supervision of the ‘designated person’ or competent person appointed by the employer to supervise or inspect the work carried out.
Scaffolding, also called scaffold or staging, is a temporary structure used to support a work crew and materials to aid in the construction, maintenance and repair of buildings, bridges and all other man-made structures.
Scaffolds fulfil a diverse set of requirements:
– creation of safe and productive working areas
– providing access to working areas at higher levels
– set up area and/or point loads

Please refer below some of the safety tips which are available in our videos

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References of the above screenshots were taken from our Back 2 Basic Awareness Program – Scaffolding Safety. Check out our website at www.azimuthgohomesafe.com for more available topics!

OCEAN TIME MARINE

Ocean Time Marine, has developed a Safety Management System (SMS) software and various other tools to provides commercial vessel operators the opportunity to enhance safety, reduce red tape and aid with compliance. For vessel operators, developing a SMS can be a time consuming, expensive and frustrating task. Ocean Time Marine, with the aid of technology has eased the burden for many surveyors and commercial vessel operators.
Contact Loretta for more information.
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www.oceantimemarine.com
mail@oceantimemarine.com

Azimuth Safety Solution – Promotional Package

Have you ever waited to pull out at a junction, thought the road was clear and then suddenly
almost ended up being hit by a car or a motorcycle that you never saw coming?

If you answered YES, you have been a victim of “Inattentional Blindness” and we’ve all been there. This psychological phenomenon is more common than you think and the reason why thousands of competent workers end up making mistakes at work, leading to accidents, injury and loss of life.

Go Home Safe is a safety awareness tool designed to train people on-the-go specifically tailored for industries where training time is a constraint. Our language free 3D animation videos are less than 10 minutes and engages your team to be refreshed, raises their observation, monitoring and feedback skills reducing intentional blindness.

Our current promotion package will give you a series of 5 (30 safety awareness topics) for $5000 USD per installation per year only!

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For more information and solutions visit us at www.gohomesafe.com

We look forward to your response and have a safe day ahead.

Hygiene in the Workplace

Hygiene in the Workplace


sam  logo-01Hygiene (derived from the Greek goddess of health, Hygieia), is a set of practices performed for the preservation of health. Hygiene in its fullest and original meaning goes much beyond that to include all circumstances, practices, lifestyle issues, premises and commodities that engender a safe and healthy environment. Germs, an informal word for pathogens. A clear  understanding of how germs actively spread and methods of prevention can maximise our protection from infections.

 

What should you know?

Frequently touched surfaces are a breeding ground for germs. This includes toilet flush levers, lift buttons and door handles. Best practices in preventing  contamination must be applied diligently.

  • Wash Your Hands


The most important way to reduce the spread of germs is through regular hand washing with soap and water, particularly before and after preparing or eating food and after using the toilet. When you cough or sneeze, make sure you cover your nose and mouth with a tissue and dispose of the tissue to a bin. Use a hand sanitiser (if any) to kill germs on your hands. Avoid touching your face until you have had a chance to wash your hands.

  • At Your Workstation


Research has revealed that areas like the computer keyboard, mouse and telephone handsets has an enormous amount of bacteria and viruses on it. According to Lizzie Parry for MailOnline, (published on 5 December 2014), “Viruses such as influenza can survive on hard surfaces like office desks for up to 24 hours. Therefore, make sure you clean these items regularly using a disinfectant wipe.

  • The Kitchen


Ensure that all kitchen utensils and cutlery  are cleaned/sanitised before use.

  • Handling Rubbish


Rubbish is an unavoidable by-product whether at workplace or home. Therefore, you need to know how to handle and dispose of it correctly.

Below are the recommended good practices when handling rubbish:

  1. Use rubbish bags and make sure they are tied.
  2. Empty bins regularly.
  3. Make sure that the bin lid is always close.
  4. Wash out the bin with hot, soapy water

*Pictures taken from GoHomeSafe Series.

GoHomeSafe Language free video on Hygiene is available for a sneak preview

Please visit  http://www.gohomesafe.com/Portfolio.html to view free samples.

Choose Hand Safety

Choose Hand Safety

Next to our eyes, our hands are most probably, the most important ‘tool’ in our body when it comes to doing work. But yet, we often do many things with our hands without batting an eyelid.

Occupational Safety
The following list provides a guidelines for hand safety that can help you protect your hands from injury and disability.

Hand Protection Checklist:

  1. Keep guards on machinery and power tools in place.Do not remove or reposition them.
  2. Use the correct tools and equipment for the work being performed and follow the work instructions given by your supervisor and/or manufacturer.
  3. Wear appropriate gloves that fit your hand and are right for the task performed
  4. Do not wear rings/other jewelry or loose clothing that could get caught on a moving object.
  5. Be alert to possible unguarded pinch points.
  6. Always use push-sticks, guards, shields and other protective devices when appropriate.

According to SafetyShare.org, over 16 million people suffer hand injuries each year and over a quarter of million are serious and lead to disabling injuries. Avoid these injuries by using these simple steps as your guide to “Work Safe, Think Safe and Go Home Safe”.

Simple Tips: To Get Back at Back Injuries

Back Injuries
Preventing Back Injuries

Thousands of people suffer from back injuries over the world causing discomfort, pain and limited mobility.This type of injury can disrupt someone’s life especially when it happens in the workplace.

Find below some tips that will help you avoid back injuries and keep you working:

  1.  Use the correct techniques for bending, lifting and moving loads.
  2.  Exercise and stretch regularly to help strengthen back and abdominal muscles to keep healthy.
  3.  Wear comfortable, supportive and non-slip shoes.
  4.  Retain a good posture to help ease strain on the back
  5.  Weight loss can help reduce strain on the back, especially in overweight adults.

Lifting at work
If lifting is part of your job, ensure that you take the correct measures to keep your back healthy while lifting heavy objects.

  • Ensure there is enough space around to lift the item. Trips, Falls and Slips can be avoided if lifting area is safe and clear.
  • Test the weight of the item before engaging in the lift. If the item seems to heavy or difficult to grasp ensure you get help or use lifting equipment like a dolly or split the weight into smaller loads.
  • Keep items close to the body when lifting to reduce strain.
  • Your feet and shoulder should be width apart to form a solid base of support.
  • Grip what you’re lifting tightly.
  • Always bend down at the knees, not at the waist.
  • Take short breaks when lifting multiple items consistently.
  • Avoid twisting as you lift.
  • Use gloves when necessary for lifting to help with traction and protection.

 

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, back injuries account for 20% of all injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Avoid these injuries by using these simple steps as your guide to ‘Work Safe, Think Safe and Go Home Safe’.

The 12 Rules for Occupational Safety

Occupational Safety

To ensure a safe working environment every employee must understand the basic rules of prevention to identify dangers and control risk.

1. High-risk situation

Ensure that all equipment /installations are being start up and shut down using current standard operating procedures.

– Situations where risk level is temporarily increased are always reported.
– Induced risks are identified and analyzed and compensatory measures are implemented.

2. Traffic (Machinery, Vehicles, Pedestrians)

Ensure speed limits are always adhered to

– Speed limits and signage apply inside and outside site.

3. Tools
Ensure to always use the correct tools for the job and environment
– Use the specific tools allocated for the necessary job.
– Inappropriate posture when handling tools can cause physical harm.

4. Protective equipment
Ensure that access to site or installations is only granted if the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) is being worn.
– Use of collective protection is the best practice.
– Take personal measures to use the specific PPE.

5. Work permits
Ensure that all jobs carried out have a valid work permit.
– Any work performed on site requires a permit.

6. Lifting
Ensure that no unauthorized personnel are near area where load is being lifted.
– Preliminary risk analysis is required when work involving crane, hoist or other mechanical systems.
– Equipment must be in good condition.
– Personnel must be qualified and access to these areas must be restricted.

7. Work on powered systems
Ensure that all power and product supply has been rendered imperative before performing any work.
– Energy to be safely discharged or the equipment to be purged and vented.
– Lockout system is set up to isolate the energy or product according to a specific method.

8. Confined spaces
Ensure that confined spaces are not entered until isolation has been verified and atmosphere is checked.
– Confined spaces (container, tank, well etc.) should not be entered without supervision.
– Ensure all confined spaces atmosphere and isolation have been checked.

9. Excavation work
Ensure that excavation work is not performed without a valid work permit comprising a map of all underground hazards.
– Manual or mechanical excavation work including dragging rivers and seabeds, can only start after a risk analysis has been performed.
– Identify all hazards in the zone and ensure related precautions have been taken.

10. Working at heights
Ensure that safety harness is in place when working at heights and there is no collective protective equipment.
– Work at height is performed on fixed mobile platforms with a guardrail designed for the task at hand.
– Work on rooftops (building, reservoirs) is performed only after the roof’s solidarity has been checked and appropriate protection has been set up.
– Ladders are a mean of access only, their use must remain exceptional.

11. Change management
Ensure that technical and organizational changes are first authorized before implementation.
– Changes in techniques or organization must be subject to risk analysis.
12. Simultaneous operations or co-activities
Ensure that simultaneous operations and co-activities are only performed after prior visits.
– Work or operations inside a unit in operation can increase risk levels.
– Interferences due to simultaneous operations or joint-activities must be identified and controlled.

“Inattentional Blindness”

  • The Problem Facing the Industry 

‘Inattentional Blindness’ is when your brain refuse to perceive something directly within your vision. It is one of the main causes of accidents in the workplace. Have you ever waited to pull out at a junction, thought the road was clear and then suddenly almost ended up being hit by a car or a motorcycle that you never saw coming?

If you answered YES, you have just been a victim ‘inattentional blindness’ and we’ve all been there. This psychological phenomenon is more common than you think and the reason why thousands of competent workers end up making mistakes at work, leading to accidents, injury and loss of life.

 

  • What is ‘Inattentional Blindness’? 

Inattentional blindness happens when the safety valve in our brain filters out information we don’t need to stop overloading our senses. For example, when we walk into a party, we ‘expect’ to see certain things like curtains and furniture. So we quickly take in all these superficial elements which allows us to concentrate our limited attention to the host, the food and other guests.

Without this ability we’d be overwhelmed and inundated with every piece of information coming at us, which will paralyse our senses and grind our sense systems to a halt.

 

  • How to Overcome the Problem? 

The behaviour based training that we carry out, involves teaching your staff how to sharpen and perfect skills such as observation, monitoring and feedback: critical abilities that can reduce unsafe acts and situations. It also addresses the phenomenon of inattentional blindness.

Another element we sense check is the fact that many teams have safety plans in place, but these are most likely based on 50% fact and 50% perception when at work. This makes it difficult for teams to react to dynamic changes, as they are most likely focussed on the job based on a plan put in with prior information.

The training we provide using the elements within the ISEA Suite enables your workforce to hone and perfect their observation, monitoring and feedback skills continuously. While the auditor app, enables your officers to perform their job with ease and agility.

Free Safety Posters

“Where’s SAM?”

 

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‘SAM’ our Mascot stands for ‘Safety Always Matters’ he wears Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which include high visibility clothing, safety helmet, safety gloves, hearing protection, safety glasses and protective footwear. This type of equipment is most commonly used for job-related occupational health and safety purposes. The purpose of wearing appropriate PPE is to reduce exposure to hazards when environmental controls are not feasible or effective to reduce these risks to acceptable level.

‘SAM’ ensures that our core values are always upheld and that safety is always our first priority.

So follow SAM’s advice to Work Safe, Think Safe and Go Home Safe.