WHS

 The health and safety of all employees and others at MBC Recruitment workplaces are considered to be of the utmost importance.  As a responsible member of the community, MBC Recruitment will comply with all relevant Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) legislation. MBC Recruitment will strive for the highest standards in Workplace Health and Safety (WHS)  through the establishment, monitoring, evaluation and updating of an effective Workplace Health and Safety Management System.  The system together with the Workplace Safety Rules will enable MBC Recruitment to implement control strategies designed to either remove workplace hazards or minimise risks associated with the workplace.

It is important that both Management and Employees are familiar with these safety rules. They have been developed to cover the following areas:

General Safety and Safe Work Practices

Any person working in this workplace must take care of their own health and safety and that of others to the extent of their capabilities by:

  • Assisting management in the identification and reporting of workplace hazards
  • Following safe work procedures
  • Participating in safety training
  • Wearing, maintaining and storing personal protective equipment as required
  • Reporting work related injuries and illnesses (including near misses)

Contractors and their employees engaged to perform work at the workplace must comply with the requirements of these workplace safety rules and observe directions on health and safety from designated employees. Failure to comply or observe any reasonable directive will be considered a breach of the contract and sufficient grounds for termination of the contract.

General Housekeeping and Cleaning

Management, being ultimately responsible for the health and safety of all persons within the workplace, will ensure general housekeeping and cleanliness of the workplace.  Contractors will maintain work areas under their control in a clean and tidy state.  More specifically, all people within the workplace will be responsible and will be held accountable for keeping their individual work area clean and tidy by:

  • Placing all waste material and rubbish including bottles, food scraps etc in appropriate receptacles  provided
  • Combustible items e.g. oily rags are to be disposed of in covered metal containers
  • Placing electrical leads, tools and materials where they will not create a risk to others
  • Keeping walkways, stairs, fire extinguishers, entrances and exits clear of obstructions at all times
  • Cleaning up spilt liquids immediately and restricting access to the affected area until deemed safe
  • Removing projecting nails (e.g. pallets) and other sharp objects
  • Stacking pallets in a manner that does not compromise safety (not on there edge)

Management will ensure a safe work environment and safe work methods by providing safe:

  • Machinery
  • Appliances
  • Tools
  • Walkways
  • Entrances and exits
  • Ladders
  • Systems of work
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All people visiting or working within the workplace must wear appropriate safety equipment, including appropriate safety footwear.  Additional personal protective equipment must be worn in accordance with any specific requirements of a work method statement, Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or directive.  Where a work method statement or (MSDS) specifies specific personal protective equipment as a means to minimise risk the person responsible for supervision of workers within the workplace including contractors will ensure:

  • The personal protective equipment is appropriate for the person being protected and minimises the risk for the person carrying out the work
  • The person being protected is informed of any limitations of the personal protective equipment being used
  • The person being protected is provided with instruction and training necessary to ensure that the personal protective equipment minimises the risk for the person
  • The personal protective equipment is properly maintained and is repaired or replaced as frequently as is necessary to minimise the risk for the person being protected
  • The personal protective equipment is provided and maintained in a clean, hygienic and effective condition to the person being protected
  • The personal protective equipment is stored in a safe place provided by the employer for the purpose
  • Areas within the workplace where personal protective equipment must be used are clearly defined (e.g. signage)

 Manual Handling

Manual handling involves any task that requires human force to lift, carry, push, pull, hold or restrain in some way.

Management and supervisory staff must identify manual handling hazards and develop appropriate strategies for minimising the risk associated with these hazards e.g. training and/or using mechanical devices.

Where appropriate these control strategies should be documented in a work method statement (a step by step description of how a task is to be undertaken safely).

If it is proposed that the manual handling risk be reduced by the use of a mechanical lifting device, management and supervisory staff must ensure that staff are trained and, if necessary, certified to operate the lifting device (e.g. Forklift).

Where a person must carry out a manual handling task correct lifting techniques must be implemented.  No person must attempt to manually lift any object with a mass exceeding 15kg. It should be noted that the WHS Act 2012 and WHS Regulations 2012 do not specify a weight limit. The weight indicated is to be used as a guide.

 Traffic and Access

All people (other than customers) requiring access to the workplace are to initially report to the office.

An employee preferably supervisory staff must accompany any visitors or people making deliveries to their respective work areas at all times and ensure that they abide by the workplace safety rules.

The responsible employee must ensure that any delivery vehicles enter and exit the work place in a safe manner.  Delivery vehicles must enter and exit the workplace with due regard to others in the workplace, members of the public and street traffic.

 Emergency Procedures

An emergency is an actual or imminent occurrence that endangers, or threatens to endanger the health or safety of persons or destroys or damages, or threats to destroy or damage property.

Some work place emergencies could include the following:

  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Power failure/major electrical hazards
  • Natural disasters, e.g. earthquake, flood, cyclone
  • Escape of hazardous materials e.g. gas leak, or chemical spill
  • Failure of utilities, e.g. water
  • Civil disturbances or bomb threats
  • Structural fatigue that may result in collapse
  • Someone requiring urgent medical attention

 In an emergency there is usually little time to react. The key to effective emergency response lies in being thoroughly prepared.

 Emergency Response Plan:

Rescue –  If possible make immediate area safe and, if safe to do so, rescue any one needing help – don’t become the second victim.

 Alarm – You must raise the alarm and call for first aid if required. Emergencies must be reported to the appropriate manager. If this is not possible you may have to contact the emergency service/s direct.  You should consider the following points:

  • Dial 000 or, if known, the emergency service required (refer employee notice board)
  • Stay calm and answer all questions
  • State your name and contact number
  • State the type of emergency and type and extent of any injuries
  • State number of people and plant involved
  • State the exact location, including address and nearest cross street
  • Assist any injured people until help arrives

 It is better to contact the emergency services sooner rather than later.

If evacuation is required this procedure should be followed:

  • Alarm to be advised by Public Address system or other appropriate means
  • Move quickly and carefully by the safe exit route
  • Go to the emergency assembly area and report
  • Report anyone unaccounted for
  • Do not reenter the site until the “ALL CLEAR” is given by an authorised person

Emergency evacuation drills will be undertaken annually, minimum.

Smoking

The company acknowledges the personal health concerns associated with passive smoking.

No smoking is permitted at any time within company vehicles or buildings.

No smoking signs are to be adhered to.

Employees that smoke on premises or workplaces are not to smoke near entrances to buildings or in view of the public. Cigarette butts are to be disposed of in a responsible manner.

Smoking on company worksites is only permitted during normal breaks e.g. lunch and morning tea.

Working at Height

No person is to work at a height greater than 2 metres unless they use a portable work platform with safety railing and/or fall arrest device.

Any means used must be capable of preventing the fall of a person working at a height of 2 metres or more.