WorkSafe Western Australia has announced a campaign on improving the OHS of workers in the accommodation sector for the next twelve months. The campaign is supported by a newsletter which includes a very useful safety checklist. WorkSafe WA has specified on its website, the following areas of interest:
Electrical Safety – provision and testing of residual current devices, maintenance of electrical equipment i.e. exposed electrical wires
Manual tasks – ensuring training, safe work systems/procedures, provision of equipment, supervision and consultation are in place;
Slips trips and falls – ensuring employees are not exposed to slippery floors, uneven surfaces or blocked walkways.
Sharps and Body fluids – ensuring that employees are aware of the hazards associated with dealing with sharps and body fluids and procedures are in place
Hazardous Substances – ensuring a hazardous substance register and material safety data sheets are available, that risk assessments have been completed and training provided to employees who use such substances.