The National : APRIL MAY JUNE 2018 DRYCLEANER
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER APRIL MAY JUNE 2018 41 Ways to eliminate or minimise slipping hazards due to accidental spills include: clean up water or oily spills immediately – use absorbent paper or powder for cleaning up any oily residues thoroughly dry floors after cleaning erect warning signs at areas with a high risk of spills. Controlling the risks of tripping Ways to eliminating tripping hazards include: provide storage areas separate to work areas provide sufficient storage systems to keep materials out of aisles provide sufficient power sockets and computer service jacks to minimise or remove the requirement for cords on the floor (where possible) remove or cover protruding sockets on the floor securely stack goods and avoiding single towering stacks hang power cords over work areas rather than on the floor clean up workplaces and remove rubbish or obstructions regularly display visual cues, such as warning strips and signs to alert pedestrians about changed or uneven surfaces. Disclaimer Note: this fact sheet provides general information only and should not be used as a substitute for seeking professional legal advice for your specific circumstances. The contents of this fact sheet are correct and based on available information at the time of writing. However, there may be subsequent decisions of courts or tribunals on the matter covered by this fact sheet which mean that the contents are no longer accurate. Shared workplaces In shared workplaces PCBUs must consult, cooperate and coordinate activities with all other persons who have a work health or safety duty in relation to the same matter, so far as is reasonably practicable. In shared workplaces PCBUs may have varying degrees of control over the physical workplace, for example, flooring, lighting and cleaning. They must do what is reasonably practicable in the circumstances to prevent slips and trips at the workplace. They can do so by consulting each other and working together to implement appropriate control measures. For example: At a shopping centre, the centre management is responsible for ensuring common access floor surfaces are well maintained and kept free of obstructions. Where shop owners need to move stock in and out of stores or if they wish to display goods outside of the store, they must consult, cooperate and coordinate with the centre management to avoid injuries from occurring. Where spills have occurred in the main access areas, the centre management must make arrangements to ensure the spill is cleaned up in a timely way. Further guidance is available in the Code of Practice: Work Health and Safety Consultation, Cooperation and Coordination. More information More work health and safety resources are available on the Safe Work Australia website.
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