CHECK WORK AREA TO ENSURE IT IS SAFE AND THAT ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO MEET INITIAL NEEDS OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT
A workplace incident in Sydney can mean that any one or all of the following has occurred:
- people have been injured or made unwell by a work activity or event;
- people could have been injured or made unwell by a work activity or event. This is referred to as a “near miss”*; and
- equipment has been damaged or could have been damaged and, as a consequence, people are exposed to the risk of harm.
Check the work area and help people
The first responsibility of people in attendance at a workplace incident is to check the area and provide help where needed. The following approach should apply.
What to do
Assess the situation to ensure your own safety. You will be of little help to others if you are also injured. In some workplace incidents the number and nature of injuries has worsened because people with the best of intentions failed to assess existing hazards and potential risks properly.
In Sydney, NSW a worker entering a confined space in an abattoir was overcome with toxic fumes. Two workers died in attempting to come to the first worker’s aid.
Once you are satisfied that the area is safe, provide first aid if it is in your capability and summon help.
How do you make sure the area is safe?
The process of checking the area involves visually observing the scene and assessing the situation. Where possible you should also ask others in the area if there are any obvious hazards present which present a risk to health and safety. Things to look for include the following.
The presence of plant or equipment.
Have people been hurt (or could have been hurt) because of the operation of any machinery? If so, and if practicable, people need to be moved away from operating machinery and the equipment turned off.
The presence of substances. Are any substances present and if so have these contributed to the incident?
If this is the case, the risk of immediate/further exposure to the substance should be controlled as far as practicable, and people and the substances separated to minimise the risk of further injury.
The presence of particular hazards such as electricity or fire and explosion. These need to be identified quickly and measures put in place to ensure that they do not represent continuing risks to workers and others.
To meet this performance criterion you will need to demonstrate that you have:
– assessed and responded to any risks to yourself and others;
– attended to injured people; and
– identified and addressed immediate hazards and risks.
LMIT delivers the Certificate IV in OHS and the Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Completely Online in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra
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