Keeping us safe
MANSFIELD Shire Council has recently conducted an audit into Occupational Health and Safety and the shire seems to be ticking along nicely.
Council established safe work method statements on activities that are deemed “high risk construction work” according to the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017. This includes but is not limited to:
where there is a risk of a person falling more than two metres involving an excavated trench or shaft;
areas on or near pressurised gas distribution mains or piping;
areas on or near energised electrical installations or services;
areas on or adjacent to roadways or railways used by road or rail traffic; and
at workplaces where there is any movement of powered mobile plant.
An audit was also undertaken on hazardous substances and dangerous goods to ensure that council meets the new Global Harmonisation requirements of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017.
Property damage continues to rank as the highest incident classification, but it includes everything from a tyre puncture on a council vehicle to vandalism of council owned assets.
Of the nine injuries that have been reported to council this year, none were significant.
“Council encourages the reporting of all incidents, regardless of how minor,” Michelle Foster from Occupational Health and Safety said.