Electronic issuing of certificates – announcement
Effective from Monday 1st February, 2016, Mandurah Safety and Training Services is implementing a change in policy with regards to the issuing of certificates and wallet cards.
Due to the large volume of requests we receive for a soft copy of certificates, MSTS will now be issuing soft copy certificates to both participants and the booking organiser in lieu of a hard copy certificate being posted out to the booking organiser.
Participants and companies can still request a hard copy of their certificates to be sent out but this will be on request only. Hard copies of certificates can be requested at the time of booking or participants can request one on their registration form.
MSTS will now only be issuing wallet cards (if applicable) upon request. Again, this can be requested at the time of booking or participants can request one on their registration form. The wallet card will be issued to the requester (either the booking organiser or the participant).
With postal times being increased by two business days or longer, moving to an email system to issue certificates means clients will receive their certificates quicker as they do not have to wait for it to arrive in the post.
We hope you find our new policy beneficial. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our staff. We thank you for your business and look forward to assisting you with your training needs in the years to come.
Mandurah Safety and Training Services
Newsletter Competition Winner
Congratulations goes to……..
Peter Gibson from Charles Hull Contracting for being the winner of a $100.00 gift voucher from Woolworths.
MSTS has also made a donation to the Peel branch of St Vincent DePaul (Vinnie’s) of behalf of Peter.
Do you know?……
- What confined space is?
As defined in the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996, part 3 division 8; r.3.82
Confined space means an enclosed or partially enclosed space which;
- is not intended or designed primarily as a workplace; and
- is at atmospheric pressure during occupancy; and
- has restricted means for entry and exit,
and which either;
- has an atmosphere containing or likely to contain
potentially harmful levels of contaminant; or
- has or is likely to have an unsafe oxygen level; or
- is of a nature or is likely to be of a nature that could
contribute to a person in the space being overwhelmed
by an unsafe atmosphere or a contaminant;
“contaminant” means any substance, the presence of which may
be harmful to safety or health.
[Regulation 3.82 amended in Gazette 17 Dec 1999 p. 6233.]
Confined spaces are commonly found in vats, tanks, pits, pipes, ducts, flues, chimneys, silos, containers, pressure vessels, underground sewers, wet or dry wells, shafts, trenches, tunnels or other similar enclosed or partially enclosed structures, when these examples meet the definition of a confined space in the WHS Regulations.
- Air normally contains 21% oxygen by volume, although oxygen levels of 19.5% — 23.5% by volume are considered to be safe. When oxygen levels are below 19.5% in a confined space this is considered unsafe. Source – AS 2865-1995
- A licence to operate a mobile non-slewing crane does not allow the operator to drive the vehicle on public roads. To do this you must also hold a relevant motor vehicle licence such as a HR, HC, or MS licence.
High Risk Work
Changes to Assessments
In our last newsletter we mentioned that Safe Work Australia had announced that changes are being made to the assessment instruments used when completing a high risk work licence training course. We have now reviewed these new instruments and we can advise the following;
- There have been changes to all assessments, some are more extensive than others but all have had some changes.
- Safe Work Australia have made some sections of the assessments more easy to read, and therefore the questions make more sense and can be more easily answered than before.
- Most changes are as a result of industry consultation and as a result the assessments are now more relevant in most workplace environments.
These changes have now been adopted by WorkSafe WA and all registered training organisations most implement these changes before 1st March 2016. With this in mind there will be some minor changes to our courses to enable these changes to occur.
Did you know?
That you can now renew your HRWL online? Just follow the following hyperlink to WorkSafe WA website;
Industry & Safety
WorkSafe WA – Guide to safe use of work place trolleys
The use of trolleys can help reduce manual task injuries. However, inappropriate use of trolleys can increase safety risks.
Because of this, WorkSafe WA has released a guide, Manual task solutions – Trolleys to assist workers and employers in selecting a trolley to use and using it appropriately.
“The selected design should suit the load, environment, task and workers using the trolley, otherwise they may introduce new risks,” WorkSafe stated in the guide.
For the full guide please click on the link below;
Safety Alert – Use of saw blades on angle grinders
NT WorkSafe has issued an alert after a worker recently received a serious injury to his hand after using a milling blade fitted to a 4” grinder to tidy up an aluminium work piece. A saw-type blade was specifically highlighted by the manufacturer of the grinder as an attachment not suitable for the tool.
Although the alert is from a neighboring state, this alert certainly has a lot of relevance here in WA. For the full article and recommendations of how to avoid such injury please click on the link below;
Pioneering cricket umpire first to wear safety helmet
For a lot of us here in Australia summer time also means cricket time, and more recently the domestic ‘Big Bash League’ or BBL as it is also known has been growing rapidly in popularity.
But what does this have to do with workplace safety you may ask? Well as the cricket players have access to state of the art safety equipment, what about the poor umpires who have to officiate games and put themselves in the line of fire of that little white round missile.
Umpire Gerard Abood appeared in a recent TV interview to discuss him wearing a helmet for his own safety, for the interview please click on the link below;
New Year, New Courses
It is often said that a change is as good as a holiday, well why can’t we have both? Currently work is underway on some changes to current courses, additional courses from some old favorites, and also some additions to our RTO scope that will add to our range of training that we deliver.
We hope to have available very soon half-day refresher courses for both; Confined Space Entry, and Work Safe at Heights. These courses will be available both on our public schedules and also for private group bookings.
Stay tuned for further updates on courses.
Fire Safety at Home
Summer months bring with them plenty of good things, however this time of the year also brings along with it a fair share of not so good things also. Fires in bushland have all been too-common for us here in the southern part of Western Australia in more recent times, we can’t do too much to prevent these, but there are some things that we can do around our house. Some tips that may help you could be;
- Installing mains powered smoke alarms
- Be alert when cooking and never leave food unattended
- Purchase fire blankets and extinguishers that meet Australian standards for kitchen and BBQ areas
- Be educated in the correct use of fire-fighting equipment
- Know what to do if a person’s clothing catches on fire
- Develop and practice an escape plan
- Teach children about fire safety, keep matches and lighters out of reach of children
- Understand about what to do in case of different types of fires, eg; cooking fat/oil fires, electrical fires, chemical fires etc.
Summer time is also a time in Australia for us to enjoy outdoor living, along with his comes the great Australian barbeque. Here are some tips that you may consider for having a safe barbeque;
- Be aware of, and ensure that you comply with, any fire restrictions that may be in place such as total fire bans.
- Ensure that your barbeque is serviced and maintained correctly including scheduled pressure testing of any gas cylinders and checking of the condition of all hoses and connections for any blockages or perishing.
- Check the cylinders for rust or damage and ensure any connections are clean and fitting snugly before lighting.
- Always site a barbeque on a firm, level base sheltered from wind gusts and well away from anything flammable like garden sheds, vegetation, fences etc.
- Have a garden hose or similar continuous supply of water available at all times.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use the correct start up and shut down procedures. NEVER put any flammable liquid on a barbeque.
- Ensure that the lit barbeque is in the care of a responsible adult at all times.
- Keep children away from any barbeque and remember to remove and secure any lighters and matches that you have used in lighting the barbeque.
- Only use a barbeque in a well ventilated area as fumes and gases emitted may be harmful.
- If a gas leak does occur shut off the cylinder immediately and allow any gas to dissipate.
- Remember that LPG is flammable, heavier than air and may remain in areas for some time.
- You may want to consider having a fire extinguisher and/or fire blanket nearby for emergencies and fire safety.
- Use alcohol responsibly around barbeques.
- Clear the surrounding area of combustibles before lighting a barbeque.
- Allow hot ashes or coals to cool for 48 hours before removing them.
- Consider installing a safety device that shuts off the gas from the cylinder should a leak occur.
Christmas Newsletter Competition
To celebrate both Christmas and the launch of our inaugural MSTS newsletter we are giving away a $100 Wish Gift eCard from Woolworths. The wish eCard is available to be redeemed at Woolworths, BigW, Dan Murphys, Masters, BWS, Thomas Dux, Cellarmasters and Caltex Woolworths Petrol. MSTS will also donate a further $100 the Vinnies Christmas Appeal to support families experiencing hardship at this busy time of year.
To be eligible to win simply book and pay for a course by close of business on Thursday 17th December, and you will have a chance to win. The winner will be drawn on Friday 18th December from the entries received and results will be published in the next newsletter.
- Only part of a chain set that can be replaced without re-testing (on a test bed by a NATA approved tester) is a safety catch. Reference AS 3775.1 2014
- Major inspections for cranes were previously every 10 years. Now it is based on duty cycles, this means that an inspection could be due as soon as 7 years if the crane has high operational hours. Reference AS 2550.1 2011
- A person aged between the ages of 17-18 can operate a forklift only for training purposes but must be under constant supervision by a suitably qualified person. Reference OSH regulations 1996.
High Risk Work
High Risk Work Licence Search
WorkSafe WA has reported recently a case of an individual using a falsified high risk work licence (HRWL). The man in questions was claiming to hold 12 classes of HRWL. With this in mind what can an employer do to avoid this situation?
The simple answer to this lies on the WorkSafe WA website, where you can find a tool for searching for a licence and registration of an individual. The tool will show the licence number, issued date, expiry date and also the classes the licence holder is registered for.
The link for this is;
Whilst we are on the topic of expiry dates it may be a good time of year to check the expiry date on both your own, and your employees’ expiry dates on their HRWL. You can use the tool at the hyperlink that was mentioned previously to check on this.
Update to Australian Standards for Slinging Loads
Recent changes to Australian Standard AS3775 limit calculations of grade 80 (T) chain to a configuration of 60 degrees maximum angle when reeved around a load.
Previously the standard allowed to double wrap and bight at all angles up to 120 degrees. Under the new Australian standard 90 and 120 degree angles are no longer allowed and therefore are not applicable on tags.
Industry & Safety
WorkSafe WA Announcement
Worksafe WA has issued a reminder to all workplaces to keep safety a high priority in the lead-up to the festive season.
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch has said that November had been a particularly bad month in terms of work-related deaths.
“Five workers died over a period of ten days in work-related incidents this month,” Mr McCulloch said.
“As we head towards the end of the year and the festive season, it is timely to remind both employers and workers of the need to be vigilant where workplace safety is concerned.
“It’s a major cause for concern that ten of the 15 deaths confirmed as work-related so far this financial year have involved either being hit by falling or moving objects or being trapped by moving machinery or equipment.
“WorkSafe has issued several reminders this year stressing the importance of having safe systems of work in place where vehicles and pedestrians are present, and warnings are often issued on the vital importance of guarding the moving parts of machinery.
For the full article please click on the link below;