Glass and glazing industry in need of OHS overhaul

Posted by Design & Construct on 21-May-2015 01:08:40

In Engineering

 

Every industry has its rough edges, but in the glass and glazing industry, these sharp points are a serious threat to workplace health and safety.

According to WorkCover NSW, two workers have died and over 400 have been injured in these industries over the last three years. This continues to be problem, which is why the state authority has undertaken a targeted safety initiative to raise awareness of the OHS issues.

According to WorkCover NSW, two workers have died and over 400 have been injured in these industries over a three year period.

The authority has released a safety video as well as a series of posters to promote safe work practices and highlight the common areas where workers are put at risk. 

Executive Director of WorkCover's Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy explained that many incidents in the glass and glazing industry are the result of a lack of safety experience.

"There are a number of risks associated with the manufacturing, storage and handling of glass," he said in an April 29 media statement.

"They include the unloading of shipping containers, particularly closed top shipping containers, the loading and unloading of glass sheets from vehicles and the removal of glass sheets from timber packaging. All of these activities have the potential to result in serious work health and safety incidents."

The glass and glazing industries pose many risks and dangers.
The glass and glazing industries pose many risks and dangers.

Mr Dunphy went onto talk about local businesses purchasing glass materials from overseas. He stated that this would mean some employees are engaging in activities they have no experience in, potentially putting themselves and others at risk.

 

OHS manager recruitment

The video, available on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, highlights how businesses can make positive changes in their workplace health and safety outcomes. One option would be to recruit a professional OHS manager.

By hiring someone with years of experience and an established background in your industry, your business is in a better position to protect the workforce and establish safety plans moving forward.

A 2012 Safe Work Australia document suggested when businesses should review emergency plans and safety standards. According to the authority, this should occur when new activities are introduced, when changes are made to the workplace and when the business hires new employees.  As such, a competent OHS manager will be across all these policies and ensure the best approach is taken.

At Design & Construct, we take safety standards very seriously. As such, only the most qualified and skilled OHS management candidates will be presented to you.

To find out more about our recruitment process, contact our expert team today.