• Beards and Respirators
    Each PCBU needs to make that decision themselves and make it such that it is defend able.
  • Beards and Respirators
    Understandable as far as religious/ cultural reasons. Then goto step two. The cost of this is a lot higher than a negative pressure mask. As for how enforceable, if it is in an employment contract, and there is a good reason for it. (health). Hard to understand why it would not be enforceable.

    I am no lawyer.

    As to legal then the health and safety act requires an PCBU to take all steps to eliminate or reduce to the lowest practicable risks to health. It also requires an PCBU to provide safety equipment that fits. So if a person was not clean shaven and you gave them a mask to reduce a risk to health.....are you complying with the law? Another question for the lawyers.
  • Beards and Respirators
    Some options are:-

    1. Put in the employment contract that employees must be clean shaven. I know of two companies that do just that.

    2. Use a positive pressure mask. That is where the air is filtered then supplied to the person. You need to verify that the filter is in good condition. With time it will block up and need to be changed. You need a system of identifying when that has occurred.

    3. Put in extraction so it is not required.- need to validate this.

    4. Eliminate so that is it not required.
  • Who would you use for a work place assessment following a lung health issue
    You say you have excellent air quality results. This is very much a relative term. It is possible that there is a problem with the air quality in your workplace. My son told me he has an excellent fantastic car. To him it is the car of his dreams. To me hmm well I would go for a drive in it but I would not rate it as an excellent car.

    Without seeing what the results are and without knowing what the risks are in the workplace difficult to say. It is very possible there are hazards in the workplace that were not assessed. Those hazards could be causing a health effect.

    Each person reacts differently to air quality hazards. Someone could be fine yet their buddy next to them is coughing and spluttering.
  • chainsaws and dust exposure
    The most hazardous fractions of chain saw dust will not be visible to the human eye. At best we can see particles down to 40µm. Particles less than 10 µm are gong to have health effects. The amount of ultra fines particulate which is a risk to health is likely to be elevated. This will be contributed to by the dust from cutting as well as the exhaust from the engine and the oil use to lubricate the blade. (which can get hot).

    There was a time that people worked on a roof with no edge protection at all. Or you could smoke when on a plane. Times have changed. There is a high chance that aborists and forestry workers are unaware of the risks to health. In an industry where there are quite a few deaths and acute injuries I guess the focus is on these to start with.
  • Expiry Dates on Training
    This sounds like a fine way to go. In the scenario where a person is using a skill on a regular basis and is competent how do you demonstrate that? A site will ask for the training card. If it has gone past the expiry date how do you get the site to understand they know what they can do.

    It would be good that instead of a refresher they sit an exam or practical. If they pass it give them another two or three years.
  • Can't get experience because you need experience
    The company I work for is active in this field. They only take on people with no experience but a passion to learn. Other companies employ a lot of staff from our company.

    I know they are looking for a qualified person with no experience now.
  • Worksafe Inspector Disparaging Health and Safety Consultants
    I have read a few health and safety documents prepared for builders. There is a big pile of papers, The guys say the submit them to sites to meet safety requirements. What is in them I ask. "All that safety stuff".

    I tend to agree with the Worksafe inspector do it yourself. If you cannot get help but do it and learn yourself.

    Then there is the plethora of safety system auditors. Why are there so many doing the same thing?
  • Worksafe Inspector Disparaging Health and Safety Consultants
    Why dont consultants teach people how to do it themselves?
  • Introduce yourself here!
    I have worked for K2 Environmental for over 20 years. Air quality assessments, noise, stack testing are all on the menu. Asbestos assessments and analysis, methamphetamine are the deserts.

    Always looking to do work smarter better and listening to others ideas.