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Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Health and Safety

It is the responsibility of the GAC to provide a safe work environment to its staff and patrons. It is the responsibility of GAC staff, contractors and hirers to ensure that they are aware of and follow the GAC Occupation Health and Safety Guidelines.

Once the induction process/in-service is completed new staff will be able to

  • Identify risks
  • Assess hazards
  • Work within specified safety parameters

First Aid

The qualification ‘Apply First Aid’ HLTFA301B is the minimum requirement for a First Aider. This replaces the Senior First Aid Certificate. Swimming supervisors are required to hold this minimum qualification.

Any new swimming supervisor without ‘Apply First Aid’ HLTFA301B will be required to attain qualification within three months of commencing employment.

Any current swimming supervisor without ‘Apply First Aid’ HLTFA301B will be required to attain qualification within three months of receiving this Operations Manual.

Initial instruction

  • Employees are provided theoretical and practical instruction in
  • the nature of First Aid facilities at the GAC,
  • the location of First Aid kits
  • the availability of trained First Aiders
  • The qualification ‘Apply First Aid’ HLTFA301B is the minimum requirement for a First Aider. This replaces the Senior First Aid Certificate
  • Qualifications of new employees are recorded at induction
  • Any current employees without First Aid Certificates will be required to complete their qualification as part of the GAC In-Service Training program
  • A list of employees qualified First Aiders is kept in GAC Office and also with the First Aid equipment (in GAC reception).
  • Procedures to be followed when First Aid is required.
  • Provide immediate assistance
  • Call 000 Ambulance
  • Call Glennie Health Centre on 8809. (on-call service, not always available for immediate assistance)
  • Theoretical and practical instruction is completed when
  • An employee becomes first employed
  • There is a change in the nature and type of duties performed (in-service training)
  • Thereafter at regular intervals. See Emergency Action Plan

Personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE), located in the GAC Plant Room includes:

  • Rubber gauntlets
  • Hand protection from corrosive substances
  • Not fire-proof
  • Does not protect body from chemical splash
  • Half-mask respirator
  • Low grade protection against inhalation of toxic fumes
  • Face shield
  • Face protection from splashed corrosive substance
  • Not fire-proof
  • Safety goggles
  • Eye protection from corrosive substances and foreign bodies
  • Rubber apron
  • Body protection from corrosive substances
  • Not fire-proof
  • Shower
  • To be used to treat initial chemical contact/eye bath if there is no danger of toxic fumes.
  • There are also showers in the male and female change rooms which can be used if toxic fumes are a danger in the Plant Room
At induction new staff are:
  • Shown the location of PPE
  • Instructed how to use PPE correctly
  • Instructed when to use PPE
  • PPE is included as part of in-service training.

Spills Kit

A spills kit for cleaning up minor chemical spills is kept in the GAC Plant Room. Key staff are instructed in the use and maintenance of the spills kit.

Accident/Incident reporting

Accidents or incidents resulting in injury, loss or damage no matter how minor
  • Complete Incident Report Form (Attachment 7)
  • Forward completed form to GAC Manager

Hazard reporting

Definition: A hazard is a substance or event that has a possible health effect.

At induction new employees are advised of:
  • hazards particular to the workplace (Induction Checklist)
  • the procedure for hazard isolation (Emergency Action Plan)
  • the procedure for reporting hazards (Incident Report)
GAC staff are encouraged to be alert to possible dangers and report hazards immediately following the procedures below.

S Spot the hazard
A Assess the risk
F Fix the problem
E Evaluate results

Spot the Hazard

GAC staff are encouraged to be alert to possible dangers. Identifiers include
  • What if it fell, burst or leaked?
  • What if someone tripped over that?
  • What if someone unauthorised enters the area?
  • What if someone does that job when they are tired or rushed?
  • What if someone touched/sniffed that?
Assess the Risk
Estimate the

Low     A hazard to patrons or staff that should be reported to prevent possible injury
Medium     A hazard to patrons or staff that requires attention and correction
High     A hazard to patrons or staff that requires immediate corrective action

Fix the Problem
For any hazard a Hazard Report (Attachment 16) is to be completed and given to the GAC Manager for further action.

Low     Avoid the activity or event that is posing a hazard
Medium     Isolate the hazard see Emergency Evacuation Plan
High     Evacuate the building following Emergency Evacuation Plan

Evaluate Results
Once a Hazard Report has been completed, remedial action will be undertaken in consultation with the Glennie School WHSO. The GAC Manager will follow the process to its completion.

Hazards that pose a risk specific to the GAC include:
  • Chemicals
  • The Glennie School Workplace Health and Safety Officer is responsible for completing risk assessments for all hazardous materials stored or used at the pool.
  • Copies of risk assessments and a register of hazardous materials are kept in the GAC Office and the WHSO Office.
  • Any new chemical that is introduced to the GAC should be brought to the attention of the WHSO by completing a Hazard Report form.
  • The GAC Plant Room has a monitor linked directly to the GAC Office which warns if chemicals reach unsafe levels.
  • Chlorine and CO2 is injected into the pool using an automated injection system which has an automatic cut-off system to prevent overdosing.
  • Refer Chemical Spill Emergency Evacuation Plan page 32
  • Sports equipment
  • The GAC Manager co-ordinates the regular checking of sports equipment looking for wear, sharp edges or structural failure that could create a hazard
  • Faulty equipment must be removed from public use until it is either repaired or replaced.
  • Discretion should be used to decide whether sports equipment should be repaired or replaced. In this instance a Maintenance request (Attachment 8) is a more practical solution.
  • Electrical equipment
  • Electrical equipment should not be used near the pool, in areas where the floor is wet or when there are patrons in the pool.
  • GAC staff must be vigilant to make sure that patrons are not operating electrical equipment in the pool area.
  • Report the unsafe use of electrical equipment with a Hazard Report form
  • Report faulty electrical equipment with a Maintenance Request form
  • Uneven or sharp surfaces
  • Pool patrons are particularly vulnerable to falls, slips, trips, sharp edges, slippery and uneven surfaces.
  • Unsafe patron behaviour
  • Patrons are required to follow GAC rules for safe use of the pool.
  • GAC staff monitor patron behaviour to prevent possible hazards
Chemical delivery, storage and handling
GAC staff, with the exception of the GAC Manager, are not required to handle chemicals used for pool maintenance that are stored in the Plant Room.

Manual handling
Guidelines on safe handling of heavy objects are outlined in the GAC Workplace Health and Safety Induction Manual. Further guidelines on backcare and safe work practices are detailed in the GAC Workplace Health and Safety Training Manual

Staff members are generally not required to handle dangerous goods or hazardous materials. In the case of an emergency the Chemical Spills Emergency Action Plan is followed.

Staff members are advised of their responsibility to follow safe procedures at induction.

Material Safety Data Sheets

  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are located in the plant room and a copy is stored in the GAC Office and at GAC reception.
  • The handling of all chemicals relating to the maintenance of the GAC is managed by the GAC Manager.
  • GAC staff in general are not required to handle chemicals except for cleaning staff who are trained in their safe use.
  • Emergency procedures in case of a spill or exposure to chemicals is covered in Chemical Spills Emergency Procedures (page 32)
  • GAC staff are trained in the standard emergency procedures and provided information on these procedures at time of induction
  • Suppliers are obliged to provide MSDS for each chemical used at the GAC. As part of the annual GAC Quality Assurance Internal Audit it is ensured the latest MSDS are available, keeping in mind that MSDS are reviewed every five years.
Plant inspections and frequency thereof
  • Plant Inspections are carried out at manufacturer and/or government recommended intervals.
  • Plant Inspections are scheduled and carried out by a qualified technician contracted to the GAC.
  • Whilst on the GAC premises the contractor is considered an employee of the GAC for the purposes of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and must abide by the GAC’s operating procedures.
  • A record of inspection is completed each time an inspection is carried out. The record is kept in the GAC Plant Room and subsequently filed in the GAC Office.
  • The GAC Manager will ensure that plant inspections are being carried out as scheduled in the annual Quality Assurance Internal Audit (Attachment 10)
  • Remedial action, maintenance and repairs will be carried out by a qualified technician in consultation with the GAC Manager and the WHSO.
  • Copies of the plant inspections, outcomes and remedial action are stored in the GAC Office and WHSO Office.
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