Monday, September 28, 2015

New Safety Video: Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos was once a widely used material: cheap, strong, fire and water resistant, and sound-absorbent, it was valuable in many applications – from building to automotive manufacturing to a range of fire resistant products.

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral, which exists in various forms, including white, blue and brown asbestos. But what all forms of asbestos have in common is the thin fibres which the substance is made up of.  It is these fibres that pose a threat to humans – when the fibres are inhaled, they can cause serious damage to the lungs.

This program covers:

• The Dangers of Asbestos
• Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, and Lung Cancer
• Where can we find Asbestos?
• Hazards of Asbestos
• Control Measures
• The Asbestos Register
• Asbestos Monitoring
• Personal Protective Equipment

This program has been produced to be shown to all personnel who may potentially come across asbestos in the workplace.

New Safety Video: Electrical Safety

Most workplaces are literally surrounded by a maze of electrical circuits.  Cables, conduits and extension cords deliver electricity to plant, equipment appliances and lights.

The vast majority of people know very little about electricity and this lack of knowledge makes it very difficult for people to recognise potential hazards.  Without a basic understanding of how electricity behaves and what effects electricity can have on the human body, it is very difficult to understand what we as individuals can or should do, to reduce the risks associated with specific electrical hazards.

This program contains the following information:

Basic facts – definitions and explanations of basic electrical terms.
Basic rules – states and explains the three basic rules that apply to electricity.

 Rule #1 - Electricity will only travel in a circuit.
 Rule #2 - Electricity will always travel in the path of least resistance.
 Rule #3 - Electricity will always try to travel to the ground.

Effects of Current on the Human Body – explains what effects different current levels will have on the body.  Also explains how the resistance offered by the human body can vary under different circumstances.

Common Hazards – this section looks at the most common hazards found in the workplace, including overhead power lines and the use of extension cords.

Hazard Control – this section identifies human error as the number one cause of electrical accidents in the workplace.  The section also covers the most common ‘do’s and don’ts’ that apply to electrical safety and finishes with information on the wearing of appropriate personal protective equipment.

Electricity is a convenient, cost effective and surprisingly safe source of energy in every workplace.  We should however not become complacent about the potential hazards associated with electricity.  Even though there are relatively few accidents associated with electricity, many of the accidents that do happen have serious or devastating results.