Hazards in the workplace

Energy noise sound light
Energy is often an overlooked hazard in the workplace.

Energy in the workplace environment includes noise, heat, electricity and light. When exposure to energy is monitored and controlled it enhances our ability to perform our jobs well. 

Excessive noise in the workplace can lead to permanent and irrevocable damage to hearing. If a workers' compensation claim is made citing noise issues, the claim is almost always accepted by insurance companies.

If people are working in an environment where they must raise their voices to be heard while standing close by then it is likely they are overexposed to workplace noise and may suffer noise induced hearing loss.

The only way to truly know if anyone could be adversely affected by a noise hazard is to have our expert consultants assess and measure the noise exposures at your workplace. The assessments are conducted in accordance with AS/NZ 1269.

It is essential that all electrical systems and items in your workplace are safe. This includes the routine testing of residual circuit breakers (RCDs) and electrical appliances to ensure that items remain in working order and are not posing a risk to those who use them.

A workplace also needs to ensure that other electrical safety or compliance risks are identified and addressed such as electrical work licensing, proximity to overhead and underground electrical cables and incident notification and reporting.

Our consultants can assist you in the development of an electrical safety program for your workplace, compliant to all relevant laws and Australian Standards.

Do any of your employees work in an environment of extreme heat or cold, for example, a freezer room or near a furnace?

If yes, you should have a policy and procedure in place to keep your employees safe.

When employees work outdoors, it is important to ensure that the risks involved have been assessed and controls have been implemented where possible. This includes processes that consider the differing environments employees may be working in for example, being sun safe.

By undertaking a proper risk assessment, you can help employees work comfortably, avoid sun burn, heat stress or other conditions that commonly occur when working outdoors. Without intervention, these can lead to serious illness such as cancers or heat exhaustion.

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