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SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE INFO SHEET ARTICLE

August 24th, 2011

SAFETY IN THE WORK PLACE ARTICLE


Safety First: Preventing Accidents in the
Industrial Workplace

Thanks to comprehensive injury prevention programs, today’s industrial work environment is safer than ever before. But despite extensive safety measures, accidents can still occur at any time. According to the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, almost 6,000 American employees are killed on the job each year. Another 50,000 die from illnesses caused by exposure to hazardous or unsafe working conditions, and 6 million sustain nonfatal workplace injuries. These incidents have a massive impact on all industries, costingbusinesses billions of dollars every year.

When an employee is injured on the job, the effect can be widespread. The worker and the worker’s family are now forced to cope with the sudden loss of income and benefits. The business may find itself in a position where financial compensation is required, in addition to the loss of manpower.

Doing everything you can to prevent injuries in the workplace is an intelligent investment that will benefit both the company and the people it depends on. Follow these tips to create an industrial injury prevention program that saves money while keeping your employees happy and safe.

Preventing Eye Injuries In The Workplace
More than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work every day, making eye incidents one of the most common work-related injuries. 1 out of every 10 of these cases requires missed recovery days, and 10 to 20 percent of all cases lead to temporary or permanent blindness.
The easiest way to instantly reduce the risk of eye injuries is to provide adequate safety eyewear to all employees. Proper eye protection addresses all of the common causes of eye injuries: flying objects, particles, chemicals, and tools. Make a careful assessment of the hazardous areas in your workplace, and then provide at-risk employees with safety goggles, full-face respirators, glasses, or welding helmets depending on the conditions.

Just how effective is safety eyewear? Prevent Blindness America’s “Wise Owl” Program has recognized over 86,000 individuals whose sight was saved or protected by proper eye protection at work. Take advantage of this inexpensive investment to reduce the frequency of preventable eye injuries in the industrial environment.

Preventing Hearing Loss In The Workplace
Hearing loss is another common condition that can be prevented by taking simple safety precautions. Address hearing safety by providing employees who work in loud environments with ear plugs or ear muffs designed for their level of exposure. Make sure to routinely check hearing equipment for wear and tear that might reduce its effectiveness.
Some tasks require time spent in an environment louder than 85 decibels. If your employees work in these conditions, provide frequent breaks in addition to mandatory hearing protection. Reducing the amount of time spent in extremely loud settings can help prevent permanent damage to the sensitive inner ear.
Make sure that employees who work in loud industrial environments have their hearing tested regularly. Experienced ear specialists and audiologists can diagnose conditions in their early and most treatable stages.

Preventing Falls In The Workplace
To prevent dangerous falls in the industrial workplace, examine work areas carefully to uncover hazardous conditions before employees ever step foot near them. Address obvious hazards with safety railings, harnesses, ropes, nets, or scaffolding. Routinely check these safety measures to make sure they are in good functioning order. If any unsafe conditions develop, do not wait to fix them! Prioritize safety and take care of them immediately, and do not allow any employees near the work area until the hazard is removed.
You can also take preventative measures against falls by ensuring proper lighting throughout the workspace. The easier it is to see, the less chance of a misstep or accidental fall. Staircases should be well-lit and completely free of any obstacles.

Make an effort to educate workers continuously about safety in the workplace.

Use appropriate signage in higher-risk areas, and make sure employees are well-trained in the proper use of safety equipment. Workers will appreciate your efforts to keep them out of harm’s way.

Preventing Head Injuries In The Workplace
Many head injuries occur when workers slip, trip, or fall – so it’s important to follow the fall prevention guidelines outlined above. In addition, head injuries can be prevented by distributing hard hats and head safety equipment to protect workers in areas where objects are being moved overhead. Outline expectations to employees to make sure that objects
are never moved when unprotected workers are present.
Hard hats should always be used in environments with exposed beams, pipes, or lowhanging obstacles. It’s easy for busy employees to get distracted in the midst of work and bang their heads in these types of conditions, so make hard hats mandatory.
Training Employees and Promoting the “Safety First” Mindset
Complimenting effective safety gear with high-quality training significantly cuts the risk of industrial workplace accidents. Establish a focus on safety and consistently promote a “safety first” message to all employees as soon as they start working for your company. By encouraging this mindset, you can train employees to maintain a high level of awareness and caution that will help them naturally avoid accidents.
It’s a good idea to schedule regular audits to stay on top of important safety issues throughout the year. Information gathered from these comprehensive safety checks can be used to create updated training and educational material that will further reduce the risk of accidents. It’s your responsibility to dictate a responsible and safety-oriented mindset in all employees. Use regular internal communication to your advantage and reinforce the
message repeatedly. When safety is clearly the company’s number one priority, it becomes the top priority of its employees as well.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

CANDIDATES FOR THE NEXT LOCAL ELECTIONS @ THE FRASER COAST ARE WELCOME TO SUBMIT THEIR MESSAGE HERE FOR PUBLICATION

February 7th, 2011

This article was supplied to me by Jim Mackellar who has aspirations to become the Fraser Coast’s next lord mayor.



The unedited article is posted with no input or opinion from the editor

Any prospective candidate for positions in the next local elections is welcome to also submit a policy statement or comment for viewing in this commerce site

Socioeconomic Disadvantage

According to the draft Community Safety Plan presented to the Fraser Coast Council on Thursday 27/1/2011 almost half (49.8%) of the residents of the Fraser Coast are among the most socioeconomically disadvantaged people in the state of Queensland.

Only 3,300 people in Maryborough are considered to be among the 60% least disadvantaged people in the state. 24,000 are among the 40% most disadvantaged.

These are appalling and distressing facts. Especially as there are no apparent reasons for our region to be so poor, for our people to be so disadvantaged compared to the rest of the state.

We have a wonderful climate, ready access to road, rail and air transport, a ready pool of employable people and ample available land. Why are we so disadvantaged?

Even more appalling is the fact that this report was presented to Council on the same day as they chose to increase their salaries to cover the proper reduction in their allowances. Where is the empathy?

What is to be done? Professional regional economic development presents the only real opportunity to improve the situation. And the organization best placed to implement regional economic development is the regional Council.

But what are they doing? The Council’s economic development efforts are directed only to major projects and tourism. And the last few months have proved how fickle the tourism market can be. Why are we pouring millions of dollars into it at the expense of all other forms of business development?

Economic wellbeing is based upon a solid foundation of small to medium size businesses producing goods and services for local and external markets. Building this base can only be accomplished by following the well proven steps that have been successful in the past.

Where are our small business incubators? Where is our business retention scheme? What has Council done to improve the regulatory environment for small business investment on the Fraser Coast?

Are our present Councillors seriously interested in improving the desperate degree of socioeconomic disadvantage on the Fraser Coast or are they more focused on the preparation of their fancy reports and strategies to create the impression they are doing something?

‘Words, its only words’, may very well be the theme song of this Council but the people of our region need more, much more.

Jim MacKellar

Fraser Coast

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha

YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS TO RECYCLE MATERIALS? SEE THIS LIST OF CONTACTS HERE…

October 12th, 2010

BUSINESS RECYCLE SYSTEM AVAILABLE –

16 Categories and 100 Materials

Date: 30-Apr-10
Author: Amy Nancarrow

Reuse and recycling businesses can now list their services on the BusinessRecycling website under the 16 categories listed below…

  • Cars and Other Vehicles
  • Construction and Demolition
  • Chemicals and Liquids
  • Clothes and Textiles
  • Electronics
  • Food
  • Food and Beverage Packaging
  • Furniture and Fittings
  • Garden and Landscape
  • Industrial and Manufacturing
  • Light Globes
  • Metals
  • Plant and Machinery
  • Paper and Cardboard
  • Plastics
  • Rubber

Under each of these categories recyclers can choose specific materials ranging from wood and glass, to carpet underlay and food scrapes.

Fill in the on-line registration form to list your reuse, recycling or waste transport service.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

BUSINESSES ON THE INTERNET @ THE FRASER COAST QLD

October 8th, 2010

Embracing Business Online


The Embracing Business Online Program is an Australian Government initiative funded under the Small Business Online program representing outstanding value.

  • Develop a web strategy to support your business goals
  • Grow your web presence
  • Personal mentoring
  • Online workshops
  • Unfold the power of the internet for your business

Hervey Bay Workshops commence Friday, 12 November.

Cost only $33 – Spaces are limited.
Click Here to download Flyer and registration details.

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha

DRIVE TO SURVIVE @ THE FRASER COAST QLD

October 8th, 2010

Dear Chamber Members & Supporters,

This morning sees the launch of the Chronicle’s “Drive to Survive” campaign.

Spanning the age groups, the deaths over the last 4 months have been truly shocking

On behalf of the Chronicle, I would ask for your support as we campaign to get 10,000 people on the Fraser Coast to take our Pledge online. The ‘drive to survive’ pledge is a 10 point commitment to safer driving and we are asking all our members and supporters to sign up on the website www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au

I do hope we can have your support and you will pass this on to your staff and encourage them to sign.

Bernard Whebell
President

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha


TRADES & SERVICES ZONE IN THE FRASER COAST, WHAT DOES IT ALLOW YOU TO DO?

September 6th, 2010

FRASER COAST COUNCIL

and the confusing Trades & Services Zoning application.


Word is out from a reliable source that there will be clearer defined uses under this zoning instead of the current instead of ‘see how we  feel on the day’ approach by council when looking to use the land/shed for a trade or service.

It is not before time that this is to happen to give a clearer picture to both the developers and the incoming tenant or buyer of such zoned land.

Currently there is no incentive for anybody to go forward with sale contracts or business commencement in a timely fashion as it is left to council to make decisions that from experience are fraught with huge crippling delays and expenses.

No wonder council crys poor from lack of funds from developers.

‘There is also a concern that the majority of councillors are women, who are good at what they do generally in council but who perhaps do not full understand the complexities & risks of development’ it is said.

Increasing charges to developers is certainly not the way to go & just destroys any incentives necessary to move forward .

We have heard all of this before from the spin doctors in council.

Let’s see where this all takes us over the next few months

Published by Henry Sapiecha

SUSTAINABILITY AND YOUR BUSINESS FREE WORKSHOP

August 30th, 2010

Do you make sustainability work for your business?
USQ  Fraser Coast Campus is running a workshop to help you improve your business performance through managing environmental sustainability change.

This workshop is FREE to Chamber of Commerce Members.
When: 23 September, 2010 and
24 September, 2010

Duration: 1 Day
Where: USQ Fraser Coast Campus, Hervey Bay
CLICK HERE to download RSVP details, information on what to expect and details of other dates/venues.

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha

ANZAC DAY CELEBRATION FREE PHOTOS AVAILABLE HERE

April 25th, 2010


AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND ARMY CORP

My very small contribution to those gallant men and women who have served or are serving our country.These photos which I had taken on the morning of the 25th April 2010 @ Howard Queensland Australia are available to download for any persons who wish to avail themselves of memories of this event and what it represents.

Distinguished guests mingled with the community and we were all as one humbled by a common thread to honour the fallen

Regards
Henry Sapiecha

PH-0741290152
M-0411896524

LEST WE FORGET

Director
Wide Bay District Developments Pty Ltd
Mearcon Developments Pty Ltd
QHL Queensland House and Land

View and download the photos here

www.frasercoastcentral.com.au

TOURISM INDUSTRY FORUM HIGH PROFILE SPEAKERS FOR 2010

April 23rd, 2010

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2010 Tourism Industry Forum

Building a Sustainable Future
Join the
Federal Shadow Minister for Tourism, Steve Ciobo and John Anderson, founder of Contiki Tours along with other industry experts and gain specialist knowledge on Maximising Resources, Tourism Tends and Initiatives, Economic Development, Infrastructure and Investment.

Other keynote speakers include:

  • Matt Hingerty (Managing Director – ATEC)
  • Nathalie Hesse (Head of Markets QLD – NAB)
  • Julie Sloan (Director – Workforce Planning Australia)
Date: Tuesday 18th May 2010
Venue: Peppers Pier Resort / Pier Restaurant
Forum: 8.15 am to 2.30 pm
Lunch: 12.30 pm – Pier Restaurant
Tickets: FCSBT Members $55 per person

Non-FCSB Members $155 per person

Price includes Forum and Morning Tea, along with a fantastic Lunch at the Pier Restaurant

Terms & Conditions

  1. Member priced tickets must only be used by members and are non transferable.
  2. Names must be provided for tickets.
  3. 50% refunds will be provided on cancellation prior to 14th May 2010.  On or after 14th May no refund is applicable.

Proudly sponsors by our Industry Partners

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 24th April 2010

POSITIVE THOUGHTS – CREATES POSITIVE MOVES – RESULTS?

March 10th, 2010

POSITIVE MOVES TO IMPROVING MARYBOROUGH BUSINESS

BLUE TICK ON BOX & WHITE BACK

The Maryborough Chamber of Commerce committee is active and wanting results: To this end, individuals have taken on specific roles ….. please find David Dwyer’s comments  and his report  (available from Maryborough chamber of commerce) with respect to the CBD focus group initiative that he has been involved with.  Others have been involved in other very diverse roles, and we intend to keep you, our members, up to date and involved with what this Committee is doing on your behalf.

In the attached information are points made in our three focus groups. We will now reflect on the issues and develop plans to tackle the ones

we see as most important and where we believe we can achieve some results. Will keep you updated once we know our direction.

Please note:  if you would like to have your say…….and its not been covered in the attached……simply email us and your point will be added to our list for consideration.

Soenaid Mulholland

Secretary

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www.maryboroughchamberqld.com.au

PO Box 282

MARYBOROUGH  QLD  4650

Mobile    0407 872 876

NOTE BY EDITOR

I have read the list of ‘to do’s’ and one would be very impressed by the accurate content and comments therein and once actioned, a very substantial and positive way to get things moving in our wonderful heritage city of Maryborough  in the Fraser Coast.

Congatulations and the best of luck I say.

Published by Henry Sapiecha 11th March 2010

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