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  • WHS guide for maintenance

    personnel in the meat

    processing industry

    Project code: 2016-1025

    Prepared by: Margaret Tayar

    Date submitted: May 2016

    Date published: June 2016

    Published by: AMPC

    The Australian Meat Processor Corporation acknowledges the

    matching funds provided by the Australian Government to support

    the research and development detailed in this publication.

    Disclaimer:

    The information contained within this publication has been prepared by a third party commissioned by Australian Meat Processor Corporation Ltd

    (AMPC). It does not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of AMPC. Care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication. However, AMPC cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained in this publication, nor does it endorse or adopt the information contained in this report.

    No part of this work may be reproduced, copied, published, communicated or adapted in any form or by any means (electronic or otherwise) without the express written permission of Australian Meat Processor Corporation Ltd. All rights are expressly reserved. Requests for further authorisation should be directed to the Chief Executive Officer, AMPC, Suite 1, Level 5, 110 Walker Street North Sydney NSW.

  • 2.

    Table of Contents

    1.0 Introduction to the work health & safety (WHS) guide ......................................................7

    1.1 Who is this guide developed for?............................................................................7

    1.2 What is the purpose of this guide? .........................................................................7

    1.3 How can the guide be used? ...................................................................................7

    2.0 The importance of health and safety ..................................................................................8

    2.1 Why is health and safety important? ......................................................................8

    2.2 Why is health and safety so important in maintenance? .......................................9

    3.0 Complying with work health and safety laws ...................................................................10

    3.1 What are the legal requirements related to health and safety? ..........................10

    3.2 What are the main priorities of WHS legislation?.................................................10

    3.3 Who has responsibilities under WHS legislation and what are those

    responsibilities? ..................................................................................................................11

    3.4 What are the WHS responsibilities of CEOs? ........................................................11

    3.5 What are the WHS responsibilities of senior managers? .....................................13

    3.6 What are the WHS responsibilities of supervisors? ..............................................13

    3.7 What are the WHS responsibilities of workers? ...................................................14

    3.8 What are the WHS responsibilities related to contractors? .................................14

    3.9 How is WHS legislation enforced?.........................................................................15

    4.0 Contractor WHS management ..........................................................................................18

    4.1 What approach should be taken to managing contractors? ................................18

    4.2 What is the contractor management system?......................................................19

    4.3 The contract ..........................................................................................................20

    4.4 What is a contractor register?...............................................................................22

    4.5 What needs to be done to plan and prepare the contract work to be undertaken? ......................................................................................................................22

    4.6 How are contractors monitored and supervised on site? ....................................23

    4.7 What should be done after the contractors have completed their work? ...........23

    4.8 What are the WHS laws related to contractors? ..................................................24

    4.9 What is concurrent liability? .................................................................................24

    4.10 What WHS laws apply to construction work, high risk construction work and construction projects over $250,000? ..............................................................................25

    4.11 What workers compensation insurance apply for contractors?...........................25

  • 3.

    5.0 The management of WHS .................................................................................................27

    5.1 How is health and safety managed in organisations?...........................................27

    5.2 What is required for safe systems of work? .........................................................30

    5.3 How is change managed? ......................................................................................31

    5.4 What is the role of supervisors in managing change? ..........................................31

    6.0 Risk management ..............................................................................................................33

    6.1 What is risk management or risk control? ............................................................33

    6.2 What is a hazard? ..................................................................................................33

    6.3 What is a risk? .......................................................................................................33

    6.4 What are the steps in the risk control process? ...................................................33

    6.5 What is the role of supervisors in controlling risks? .............................................36

    6.6 What is the role of workers in risk management? ................................................37

    7.0 Risk management of high risk maintenance hazards........................................................38

    7.1 Plant, machinery and equipment safety ...............................................................38

    7.1.1 What is the definition of plant?.................................................................38

    7.1.2 Why is it important to manage the hazards associated with plant?.........38

    7.1.3 What are the legal requirements related to plant? ..................................39

    7.1.4 How is plant operated safely? ...................................................................42

    7.1.5 What are some of the safety controls on plant? .......................................42

    7.1.6 What should you do in a plant/machinery emergency? ...........................43

    7.2 Isolating plant ........................................................................................................45

    7.2.1 What should be done before plant is serviced, maintained, cleaned or repaired? ...............................................................................................................45

    7.2.2 What are the steps in isolating plant?.......................................................45

    7.2.3 What do you need to do to work safely in workshops? ............................47

    7.3 Electrical safety......................................................................................................48

    7.3.1 What is an electrical risk? ..........................................................................48

    7.3.2 What are the legal requirements to manage electrical hazards? .............49

    7.3.3 How are electrical hazards controlled in the workplace? .........................49

    7.3.4 What needs to be done to ensure the safety of electrical equipment? ...50

    7.3.5 How can work on energised plant be conducted safely?..........................51

    7.4 Working safely at heights ......................................................................................53

    7.4.1 What are the WHS legal requirements to work safely at heights? ...........53

    7.4.2 What needs to be done to work safely at heights?...................................54

    7.5 Working safely with hazardous chemicals ............................................................55

  • 4.

    7.5.1 What is a hazardous chemical? .................................................................55

    7.5.2 What health effects may occur with exposure to hazardous chemicals? .55

    7.5.3 What are the WHS legal requirements to manage hazardous chemicals? 55

    7.5.4 How are hazardous chemicals managed in the workplace? .....................56

    7.5.5 How can workers reduce the risks of working with hazardous chemicals? 57

    7.5.6 How can you find information on specific chemicals used in your workplace? ............................................................................................................57

    7.6 Dangerous goods ...................................................................................................58

    7.6.1 What are dangerous goods?......................................................................58

    7.6.2 How are the risks from dangerous goods controlled in the workplace? ..59

    7.6.3 What is the role of maintenance managers in managing the risks from dangerous goods? .................................................................................................59

    7.7 Personal Protective Equipment.............................................................................60

    8.0 Managing environmental risks of maintenance work ......................................................62

    8.1 Introduction to environmental risks of maintenance work ..................................62

    8.2 Working safely in confined spaces ........................................................................62

    8.2.1 What is the definition of a confined space? ..............................................62

    8.2.2 What are the potential hazards working in confined spaces? ..................63

    8.2.3 What are the legal requirements in regard to confined spaces? ..............64

    8.2.4 How are hazards reduced or eliminated in regard to confined spaces?...64

    8.2.5 What happens before entering a confined space? ...................................65

    8.3 Working safely in cold temperatures ....................................................................66

    8.3.1 What effects may occur from exposure to extremes of temperature? ....66

    Exposure to cold may result in hypothermia, where the bodys core temperature may drop to a dangerous level. Frostbite is another risk in cold areas. ...............66

    8.3.2 How are risks of working in cold temperatures minimised? .....................66

    8.3.3 What is the role of maintenance managers for safe work in cold temperatures? .......................................................................................................66

    8.3.4 What is the role of maintenance workers in cold temperatures? ............67

    8.4 Working safely in hot conditions...........................................................................67

    8.4.1 What health effects may result from working in hot conditions? ............67

    8.4.2 What can workers do to reduce the risks of heat stress? .........................68

    8.5 Managing noise and reducing hearing loss at work..............................................68

  • 5.

    8.5.1 What is the extent of the noise problem in meat processing plants? ......68

  • 6.

    8.5.2 How does hearing loss come about?.........................................................68

    8.5.3 What are the legal requirements to reduce exposure to noise? ..............69

    8.5.4 How are the risks of hearing loss controlled? ...........................................69

    8.5.5 What is the maintenance managers role in reducing noise hazards? .....70

    8.5.6 What is the workers role in reducing noise hazards? ..............................71

    8.6 Working alone or undertaking isolated work .......................................................72

    8.6.1 What are the WHS legal requirements related to isolated work? ............72

    8.6.2 What is isolated work and why can it be dangerous? ...............................72

    8.6.3 How is isolated work managed safely? .....................................................73

    8.7 Lighting ..................................................................................................................74

    8.7.1 What are the WHS legal requirements for lighting? .................................74

    9.0 Accident management ......................................................................................................76

    9.1 What is an accident? .............................................................................................76

    9.2 What is an incident? ..............................................................................................76

    9.3 What happens after an accident or incident?.......................................................76

    9.4 What is the workers role after an accident? ........................................................76

    9.5 What are notifiable incidents? ..............................................................................76

    9.6 What first aid is available? ....................................................................................77

    9.7 What records are kept of accidents? ....................................................................78

    9.8 Why investigate accidents? ...................................................................................78

    9.9 How are accidents investigated? ..........................................................................78

    9.10 What is the role of management in the investigation of accidents? ....................79

    10.0 Emergency planning, preparedness and response ...........................................................80

    10.1 What are the legal requirements for emergency planning? .................................80

    10.2 What role does maintenance management play in emergency planning? ..........8...