OHS incidents costs industry a significant amount of time, money and resources. Compressed air accidents account for approx. 10% of all workplace incidents. Are you protected?
Don’t Take Risks with the Health of your Employees!
Facts and Figures
Globally workplace health and safety costs industry a significant amount of time, money and resources …
- 1 million registered fatal accidents in the work place
- 250 million registered workplace accidents
- More than 1 million registered workplace accidents in Germany
- 12.4 work days per employee are lost due to injury – approx. AUD$695 million pa
- Approx. AUD$63.5 million in lost production
- Approx. AUD$116 billion in Gross Value loss
- First Aid and OHS prevention costs approx. AUD$1.28 billion
- Compressed Air incidents account for approx. 10% of all workplace incidents
Protect-Air™ helps minimise WHS risk
The Protect-Air™ compressed air regulator products enable a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to help meet their workplace health and safety obligations under the terms of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS). If you are an employer or business (or other PCBU) you MUST comply with this Act to ensure the health and safety of your workers.
The Protect-Air range allows a PCBU to more easily and cost effectively comply with the requirements of WHS legislation.
The following information (in italics) is adapted from Workcover NSW and relevant state bodies elsewhere in Australia have similar provisions.
Workplace Health and Safety Act
If you are an employer or business (or other PCBU), you are responsible for the health and safety of your workers, contractors, volunteers, visitors and anyone else who might be put at risk by the work being carried out.
By law you must:
- talk to your workers to identify any potential hazards
- put systems in place for the safe use and maintenance of plant and machinery, such as machine guards
- provide suitable information, instruction and supervision, especially to new workers
- ensure there are adequate workplace facilities including toilets, drinking water, washing and eating facilities and first aid
- record any workplace incidents in a register of injuries and respond to hazards quickly
- prepare emergency plans
- manage the risks of any remote and isolated work
- have a return to work program to help injured workers with their recovery and return to work.
A PCBU is not the same as an individual worker or officer and the term does not apply to purely social, domestic or recreational activities. Individual workers and officers have separate duties under the WHS Act.
Officers (including company directors) have obligations to ensure the business complies with its work health and safety obligations under WHS laws. As an Officer, you must ensure the business has arrangements in place to comply with legal obligations. It is your duty to exercise due diligence. This ensures your business fulfills its health and safety obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
Due diligence means you MUST:
- acquire and keep up to date knowledge of work health and safety matters
- understand the operations of the business and the hazards and risks involved
- ensure appropriate resources and processes are provided to enable hazards to be identified and risks to be eliminated or minimised
- ensure information regarding incidents, hazards and risks is received and the information is responded to in a timely way
- ensure the business has, and implements, processes for complying with any legal duty or obligation
- verify the provision and use of resources and processes
Meeting your WHS obligations – Compressed Air
The WHS legislation requires both a PCBU and its Officers to put in place systems for the safe use and maintenance of their machinery and to ensure that appropriate resources are provided to eliminate or minimise WHS risks. The risk posed by Compressed Air can be fatal and are often overlooked despite the danger. Risks include:
- Air pressure. Air under high pressure can penetrate the skin, causing lacerations and embolisms, or damaging sensitive tissue such as the eyes or ear drums. Pressure as low as 12psi can rupture an eyeball.
- Noise. Compressed air can reach or exceed 120 decibels, which is equivalent to a jet plane, causing WHS noise pollution issues.
- Particles. Air at 40psi can drive particles into the eyes and face with the force of shrapnel, causing cuts and bruises to other parts of the body.
- Whiplash. When a pressurised air line bursts, or a hose coupling inadvertently releases, a whiplash results in a thrashing hose becoming a dangerous projectile. If air tools are attached, or the line is a large diameter, the dangers increase dramatically. There are documented cases of severe injuries and death caused by high velocity, thrashing air hoses striking people.
The Protect-Air range of products can help minimise and potentially eliminate some of these WHS issues.
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Hoseguard® – protects against hose whiplash
Hoseguard® is a compressed air safety solution offered by Protect-Air. Hoseguard® safely manages hose whiplash caused when a compressed air hose bursts, is cut or a compressed air coupling fails.
Safe, efficient protection from a dangerous compressed air hose burst
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