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Work Health and Safety – True or False?

During work, we often hear people talking about “facts” when it comes to work health and safety. But are they actually true or, is your colleague just making it up as they go?

Let’s take a look at some possible things we could come across and see if they are true or false:

I was told that I could lift anything during work as long as it’s no more than 15 Kilograms.

This is FALSE.

Why?

Under the Work Health and Safety Regulations, a maximum weight limit for lifting objects has not been set.  Everyone has different physical abilities eg gender, size and strength.

 

Two-thirds of work related deaths involve a vehicle.

This is TRUE.

Why?

According to statistics, between 2003 and 2013 – 66 percent of work related injuries that led to deaths, involved a vehicle.

 

My manager told me that I am not covered by workers’ compensation because I am not yet 18 years old

This is FALSE.

Why?

Under Australian law, all employees, whilst at work performing their duties, are covered for workers’ compensation regardless, of what their age is when an injury happens.

 

I set up my business in a building that was built just last year so I don’t need to have an asbestos register.

This is TRUE.

Why?

If a building was constructed after 31 December 2003 and no asbestos has been identified or is likely to be present, then an asbestos register is indeed, not required.

 

You can’t do work experience placements on construction sites because they are too dangerous for the inexperienced students.

This is FALSE.

Why?

The Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act covers all people that work in casual, voluntary – including work placements and paid employment. This certainly does include work experience students.

 

Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) is the best way to control hazards and possible risks in the workplace.

This is FALSE.

Why?

Personal Protective Equipment helps a lot in controlling risks however, you should never just rely on PPE if there are more effective ways to control the risks that exist in your workplace.

 

Employees make workers’ compensation claims mostly for mental disorders.

This is FALSE.

Why?

The majority of claims for workers’ compensation are due to sprains, strains and

musculoskeletal injuries that occur in the workplace.

 

Of course you may hear a lot more “facts” from your colleagues however, now you will know though, that not all of them are entirely true.

When it comes to YOUR health and safety in your workplace, don’t believe everything you hear. Always make sure to do your own research. After all, our health is our most important asset, so we need to do everything in our power to keep it.  At the end of the day, you and only you, are the one truly responsible for your health and safety.

Stay Safe!

Anastasia Dousios is a Trainer at Bridge Business College.

 

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