FACE MASKS: THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF SAFELY WEARING A MASK

 

Wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus has become part of daily life for many people.

Disclaimer: The following information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation

MAKE WEARING A MASK YOUR NUMBER ONE TASK
  • If you are unknowingly infected a face mask will help reduce the chance that you could spread the virus to others
  • Therefore, it is important to know how to put on a mask properly

Tip: A mask should fit securely around the face, specifically covering your nose and mouth areas

ARE MASKS COMPULSORY?
  • Victoria has made face masks mandatory
  • In the rest of Australia, the wearing of masks has become strongly recommended

Note: Some clients outside VIC may require you to wear a mask

DO’S FOR WEARING A MEDICAL MASK SAFELY
  • Firstly, thoroughly wash hands with soap and water before touching the face mask
  • Next, check your mask for any tears or holes
  • Ensure that the coloured side faces outwards
  • Find the top side where the metal piece or stiff edge is, place this over your nose and press to form fit it to your face
  • Make sure the mask covers your mouth, nose, and chin
  • Adjust to ensure no gaps between your mask and face
  • Avoid touching your face mask
  • Keep the mask away from you or any surface when removing it
  • Use the straps to safely remove the mask and store in a resealable sandwich / zip lock style bag
  • Wash your hands after handling your mask
  • Finally, pay attention to your mask expiry period and know when to discard it

Tip: It is important to wash or sanitise your hands before putting on and taking off your mask

DON’TS
  • Firstly, don’t use a damaged, damp or loose mask as they will not be effective
  • Also, never wear the mask only over mouth or nose (both must be covered)
  • Do not touch the front of your mask or do other things that will require touching the mask
  • Finally, do not leave your used mask within the reach of others OR leave your face mask where it can be contaminated

Important: Remember that masks alone do not protect you from COVID-19. You must still maintain a 1.5m distance from others wherever possible and always wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, even while wearing a mask.

SAFETY GOES 24/7

Labourpower values your health and wellbeing and has an ongoing commitment to safety in the workplace. We are proud to partner with Workactive to bring you safety and wellbeing programs throughout the year.

We look forward to bringing you more safety tips as part of our Toolbox Tuesdays.

Look out for our regular Toolbox Tuesday and Wellness Wednesday posts on Facebook, LinkedIn and the Labourpower website.

 

 

SAFETY BOOTS: THE IMPORTANCE OF PPE – PART 3

 

Wearing protective safety boots at work helps prevent unnecessary accidents and ensure safe and healthy feet.

Disclaimer: The following information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation

TAKE TIME TO TAKE CARE WITH THE RIGHT FOOTWEAR
  • Your safety boots must be suitable for your work environment and job tasks (some workplaces such as food manufacturers will require you to wear the boots they provide)

Tip: Maintain treads on shoes to help reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls in wet areas

THE IMPORTANCE OF WEARING FOOT PROTECTION

Steel toe work boots help protect your feet against crush injuries from fallen objects (can withstand over 1000kg of compression) as well as:

  • Burns from chemical spills
  • Punctures to the bottom of your feet such as nails
PROTECTING YOUR FEET AT WORK

Firstly, your safety boots must meet Australian standards and fit you correctly (poorly fitted shoes can lead to common foot problems such as corns and calluses)

Also, choose safety boots that cover the ankle to provide additional support and help prevent rolled ankles (avoid sandshoe type steel caps as they offer no protection to the ankle)

Remember, your boots are looking after an important body part so make sure that you always maintain and look after them properly:

  • Always store your safety boots in a safe and dry place
  • Keep your laces tied tightly to avoid any trip hazards
  • Replace your boots if there is any damage to them
  • Replace your boots if they are worn out

Tip: Consider wearing supportive socks with your boots to help keep your feet comfortable

IMPORTANT: Failure to wear safety boots will result in you being sent home

 

SAFETY GOES 24/7

Labourpower values your health and wellbeing and has an ongoing commitment to safety in the workplace. We are proud to partner with Workactive to bring you safety and wellbeing programs throughout the year.

We look forward to bringing you more safety tips as part of our PPE series.

Look out for our regular Toolbox Tuesday and Wellness Wednesday posts on Facebook, LinkedIn and the Labourpower website.

 

 

HIGH-VISIBILITY (HI VIS) CLOTHING: THE IMPORTANCE OF PPE – PART 2

 

High-visibility clothing (Hi Vis) plays a critical role in maintaining safety at work and preventing workplace accidents

Disclaimer: The following information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation

GET YOUR SAFETY RIGHT, WEAR HI VIS ON SITE
  • Unless there are specific uniform requirements at the host client’s site, workers must wear high visibility (Hi Vis) clothing. This ensures that you are easily visible and also helps to minimise the risk of workplace accidents
THE IMPORTANCE OF WEARING HI VIS

Hi Vis clothing ensures that it is easy to see you when working on-site. The human eye responds best to large, contrasting, bright or moving objects. Therefore, the high colour contrast between clothing and the work environment in which it is seen enhances your visibility.

PROTECTING YOURSELF AT WORK

Hi Vis clothing plays a major role in maintaining safety and preventing accidents:

  • You must wear Hi Vis on site, especially when working around mobile and moving equipment
  • Hi Vis helps others to see you when working in dark environments when visibility is reduced and also assists with host clients’ Traffic Management Plans
  • Make sure your Hi Vis is not damaged, faded or worn out and that it surrounds your body fully (in a 360’ way)

Hi Vis clothing helps reduce the risk of injuries and accidents in busy environments.

However, it’s important to remember that Hi Vis forms only one part of safety on site, do not rely upon on it as fail safe measure.

SAFETY GOES 24/7

Labourpower values your health and wellbeing and has an ongoing commitment to safety in the workplace. We are proud to partner with Workactive to bring you safety and wellbeing programs throughout the year.

We look forward to bringing you more safety tips as part of our PPE series.

Look out for our regular Toolbox Tuesday and Wellness Wednesday posts on Facebook, LinkedIn and the Labourpower website.

 

 

HEARING PROTECTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF PPE – PART 1

 

Workers must wear hearing protection PPE whenever exposed to loud or hazardous noise.

Disclaimer: The following information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation

PROTECT WHAT YOU HEAR WITH THE RIGHT PPE GEAR
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is specific equipment worn to help safeguard you against identified health and safety risks within the workplace
  • Unlike eyes that can shut, ears cannot protect themselves from loud noises, therefore it is important to wear hearing protection PPE
HEARING PROTECTION IS A SOUND INVESTMENT
  • Constant noise exposure can not only lead to hearing loss but can be associated with other medical conditions
  • Hearing loss does not discriminate, it can even affect young people in the workplace
  • Protect your hearing by wearing the correct PPE
PROTECTING YOUR HEARING AT WORK

Long term exposure to loud noise can lead to tinnitus and other hearing problems.

  • Always wear appropriate hearing protection PPE for the task
  • Make sure that there is no damage to your PPE or that it is not worn out
  • Ensure that it has the correct rating for the task
  • Always ensure that your hearing protection PPE fits correctly

Finally, never become complacent in the tasks you are doing just because you are wearing PPE as the hazards may still exist.

NOTE: Loud workplaces should implement proper and correct hearing PPE. If not, then contact your Labourpower representative.

SAFETY GOES 24/7

Labourpower values your health and wellbeing and has an ongoing commitment to safety in the workplace. We are proud to partner with Workactive to bring you safety and wellbeing programs throughout the year.

We look forward to bringing you more safety tips as part of our PPE series.

Look out for our regular Toolbox Tuesday and Wellness Wednesday posts on Facebook, LinkedIn and the Labourpower website.

 

 

AT LABOURPOWER – SAFETY GOES 24/7

October each year is Safe Work Australia’s National Safe Work month. It’s a time to commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for Australia.

The 2019 theme of ‘Be a Safety Champion’ highlighted that anyone can be a safety champion in the workplace.

National Safe Work month may be over, but it is vital for organisations to make workplace health and safety a priority all year round. 

We speak to Labourpower’s National Workplace Health and Safety Manager David Chernich about the importance of workplace health and safety (WHS) and why at Labourpower – Safety Goes 24/7.


Why is National Safe Work month important?

National Safe Work month helps raise awareness of workplace health and safety. It gives us an opportunity to highlight Labourpower’s commitment to safety, promote discussion about safety at work and remind everyone of the initiatives we have in place to ensure our team is safe all year round.

Today Labourpower fills over 19,000 casual worker jobs each week with over 970 clients nationally ranging from small independent workplaces to larger well-known brands. Creating a safe and healthy workplace is at the centre of everything we do so that our workers are safe 24/7.

KEEPING OUR WORKERS SAFE AT ALL TIMES

With the variety of industries and workplaces Labourpower supplies to, there is always a risk that injuries may occur in the blink of an eye. Preventing workplace injuries, keeping workers safe at work and getting them back home safely is a priority for Labourpower and this is why our motto is ‘Safety Goes 24/7’.

A safer workforce is a healthier workforce. A healthier workforce is a safer workforce.

 

Why does Labourpower integrate safety with wellness?

Workplace safety and wellness programs have historically operated independently of each other. Today, there is increasing evidence to show that health improvements lead to safety improvements and safety improvements lead to health improvements.

By continuing with our efforts to integrate the activities of health protection and health promotion, Labourpower aims to create a safer, healthier and more productive workforce.

 

How have you supported this year’s National Safe Work theme “Be a Safety Champion”?

This year’s theme aimed to demonstrate that anyone, both employers and workers from any occupation or industry can be a champion for work health and safety.

Everyone can support a safety culture at their workplace and promote best practice work health and safety initiatives.*

At Labourpower, we champion a number of initiatives throughout the month to raise awareness with our teams not only about the risks and hazards in the workplace but how to prevent harm. We also continue with our efforts to integrate health protection and health promotion activities.

Labourpower encourages all staff to strive to Be a Safety Champion at work. If you have any concerns or suggestions to help increase safety in your workplace, speak to your Account Manager or Labourpower WHS.

 

#safety champion #safeworkmonth

 

*Reference: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month/safety-champion-info