3.1 SEB323 2009 OHS #1 10-August

3.1 SEB323 2009 OHS #1 10-August - Were starting a new...

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We’re starting a new topic today (number 3 of 4 for the trimester in this unit). Occupational Health and Safety. 1
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Today we’ll cover important fundamental concepts and definitions. 2
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We don’t really know if this photo is showing a training exercise, and perhaps the unprotected gentleman is the instructor, of if this is a real situation. If this was a “real life” hazardous situation and the personnel were wearing protective clothing and equipment due to a real risk of exposure to harmful substances, we can ask “who is the idiot” here? This situation actually happens more often than you may realise in the workplace. Members of the general public may just wander on to a construction site, enter hazardous industrial areas without others knowing, or be present at an accident or incident site where hazards exist or potentially exist. If this were a real situation, we’d probably say that commonsense would warn anyone that they shouldn’t be there since it appears obvious that others have gone to extensive lengths to protect themselves. But as a workplace the responsibility for ensuring that untrained and unprotected personnel are not exposed to the dangers lies with the (presumably) trained workers – and especially the leader of this workgroup. 3
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So this definition covers a very broad spectrum of issues in the workplace for employees, non-employees, and the general public. It also covers events and issues that do not happen directly at the workplace but affect it. For example, after a long night of drinking an employee comes to work alcohol-affected, fatigued, or both. In many jobs that person may not only present a risk to themselves but also to others. If he/she is a machine operator the risk may be primarily to themselves. But what if they are a bus driver But what if they are a bus driver? 4
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is a significant driver globally of a continued and increased focus on OHS and on improving working conditions. 5
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3.1 SEB323 2009 OHS #1 10-August - Were starting a new...

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