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- Consider re-designing the machines so they can’t be operated without guards. - Ensure interlock guards are fitted to the front edge of all compactor units. - Ensure off buttons are easily accessible. - Make sure pressure vessels, such as coffee machines, are fitted with a low level cut-off device. - Make sure equipment is fitted with safety valves, water level and pressure gauges where required. - Ensure equipment is securely fixed to the bench. - Under-counter compactors should have a safety switch that prevents operation until a bin or trolley is in place. - Regularly inspect and have your equipment serviced to make sure it has not been damaged (this may also improve productivity by reducing downtime of equipment). - Provide appropriate safety instructions and signs for equipment. - Develop safe systems of work and train workers in them (eg explaining why workers should not wear jewellery when operating machinery and equipment). - Ensure workers know what to do if someone gets caught in a machine. - Have a system for reporting and fixing equipment that is not working properly. - Provide accessible first aid equipment and trained first aid officers. - Follow manufacturers’ instructions for cleaning equipment. - Train workers in the safe use of machinery, including what equipment is used for specific tasks and the functions of controls and guards. Personal security at work l Occupational violence is when a worker is physically or verbally attacked or threatened in the workplace or while they are working. Sources of violence in the cafe and restaurant industry include dissatisfied customers and robbery. Tips to prevent occupational violence - Install security lighting or video surveillance. - Improve workers’ ability to see potential offenders. - Reduce background noise. - Put locks on doors and windows. - Improve cash handling procedures and roster enough staff to handle cash. Avoid rostering young people alone at night and don’t leave young people alone to close the business. - Roster enough staff to keep delays to a minimum, reducing potential for customer aggression (this may also help to improve customer satisfaction). - Provide information, training and supervision to help workers deal with security issues and aggressive or violent customers. Advise workers to report incidents of violence. - If workers are in the workplace during a robbery or violent incident, arrange for them to access counseling. Tips to manage cash more safely - Make cash less visible or less accessible. Only open the cash drawer when in use and install an audible device to indicate opening of the cash drawer. - Store cash in a safe and count cash in a secure room. - Encourage cashless purchasing (eg credit cards or EFTPOS). - Use a bank that is close to the workplace and make frequent, random deposits.
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  • Fall '19
  • Occupational safety and health, HARASSMENT

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