ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES IN WORKPLACE

To keep your working environment safe and hassle free you may try to following administrative issues in your workplace.

Manual Handling
Welfare Facilities
First Aid
Accident Reporting
PPE
Emergencies

Manual Handling: Manual handling is important and need to aim individuals who undertake any manual handling activities at work. Every day manual handling properly in work place many risk may keep control. Manual handling is issue to how look carefully at their own work activities and contribute to the development of safer methods and tasks in co-operation with their managers and supervisors, with the aim of reducing injuries.

Welfare Facilities: Construction workers need adequate toilet and washing facilities, a place to warm up and eat their food and somewhere to store clothing. However, these basic requirements are often neglected. A cold water tap and chemical toilet on their own are not adequate facilities. Good welfare facilities can positively benefit health.

First Aid: First aid requirements may vary from one workplace to the others, depending on the nature of the work, the type of hazards, the workplace size and location, as well as the number of people at the workplace. Administrator of the workplace must consider these factors to take into account when deciding what first aid arrangements need to be provided.

Accident Reporting: There must be a process put in place to report accidents, incidents or near misses for immediate action and to help track causes. The organization needs to identify what needs to be reported, to whom it is to be reported, and how to report it, then put this process into a written procedure.

PPE: Suppliant numbers and types of PPE- personal protective equipment must available near workplace is to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective to reduce these risks to acceptable levels. PPE is needed when there are hazards present. PPE has the serious limitation that it does not eliminate the hazard at source and may result in employees being exposed to the hazard if the equipment fails.

Emergencies: It is important to educate employees on workplace fire escape plans. Explain the best possible way to exit the workplace, which exits are closest to them and where the alternative exits are located. Decide on a place for employee to meet once everyone has exited the workplace. Hold a practice fire drill at least once every month.
Manual Handling
When LIFTING & MOVING materials, check:
ØCheck the path of travel is clear of obstructions?
ØCheck the object for size, weight and shape?
ØSquat near to the object, with feet apart and close to the object?
ØKeeping the back straight and lift the object.
ØUse the legs to lift not the back?
ØCarry the load close to the body?
ØIf load is too heavy, use mechanical aids?
ØAsk other people to assist for heavy awkward loads.

If WELFARE facilities are provided, do you:

ØKeep the toilet clean and respectable for others?
ØWash your hand after using the toilets?
ØEnsure the washbasins are left in a clean condition?
ØLeave the changing rooms in a tidy state?
ØUse the designated eating place and leave it clean?

FIRST AID facilities on your site, check:

ØDo you know where the First Aid kit is kept?
ØIs the First Aid kit easily accessed at all times?
ØAre the contents suitable for likely injuries?
ØThere are no expired medicines or tablets?
ØThe contact & location details of the First Aid Officer?

If there is an ACCIDENT, do you know:

ØWho the First Aid officer is?
ØHow to contact the First Aid officer?
ØLocation of the First Aid kit?
ØHow to apply Basic First Aid?
ØWho to report the accident to?

When doing HAZRDOUS work, check:

ØYou have been issued with the right protective equipment? 
ØYou have received training in how to use the PPE safely?
ØYou know how to maintain the PPE?
ØYou wear the PPE in designated areas and for hazardous work activities?
ØExpiry date of PPE- hats, gloves, overalls, eye & ear protectors, breathing apparatus, safety boots?
ØAll uprights, ledgers, braces and struts are in position?

In an EMERGENCY, do you know:
ØThe emergency procedures, eg for evacuating the site in case of fire?
ØPeople on site know what the procedures are?
ØIf there are means of raising the alarm, and does it work?
ØWho on site to report an emergency to, and the way to contact the emergency services from the site if necessary?
ØWhere the escape routes are and are these kept clear?
ØDo you know where the fire extinguishers are located?


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