Each year in Australia, the month of October is the focus of work, health and safety. National Work Safe Month is designed to put focus on these issues in the workplace. During October, businesses, employers and employees are encouraged to review their current practices and make commitments to ensuring they are building safe and healthy workplaces for all.
As a large portion of our customers are building, construction and trades we have selected 3 key areas any business can review to coincide with National Safe Work month.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Is your PPE up to standard? Check the following for tear and wear and that they fit correctly.
Face masks including dust and silica dust masks
Safety footwear, such as work boots
In-store, we have a range of PPE equipment from leading brands such as Paramount Safety Products, Mack Boots and Workwear and many more.
We all know you should place a ladder on a level surface, but what other safety features are there to consider. Does your ladder have excessive wear and tear? Is your ladder rated for the correct load rating? Are the ladder rungs straight and in good order? If you answered no to any of these questions, it is time for an upgrade.
What makes a ladder compliant for work, health and safety? This can vary from state to state in Australia; however, the general principles are:
A ladder used in the workplace must be compliance with Ladder Standards are referred to in AS/NZS 1892. 1-5
A domestic ladder is NOT suitable for a workplace as it does not meet the required standards.
An industrial ladder must have a minimum load rating of 120kg and be labelled that it is suitable for commercial use in a workplace.
For more information on safety with ladders in the workplace, refer to Bailey Ladders Guide:
www.baileyladders.com.au/safety/owhs We have a great range of Bailey Ladders in-store.
Straps / Tie Downs
From transporting materials to site, to removing rubbish, any load must be securely strapped to a trailer or vehicle. You should inspect all tie down straps such as ropes, ratchets and tarps for fraying, wear and tear and even sun damage as this can impact the safety of a tie down. Overtime products such as tie downs wear and regular replacement of them is good practice.
When making your purchase of tie downs, you should consider the following:
The size and weight of the load to be secured. Different coloured ratchets will provide different lashing capacity.
Check the mounting point (on your trailer or vehicle) is sufficient as you will require two sturdy mounting points to secure any load. This may also impact the choice of tie down for your purchase.
If you require the load to be contained, consider items such as tarps or netting to ensure your load is secure.
For more information on safe loads – refer to Vic Roads to ensure you and your team are compliant.
All our team in-store are able to assist you with your queries. We are open 7 days a week for your to #GetTheRightStuff and keep yourself and your employees safe at work.
If you want to find out more about National Work Safe Month, head to: www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month