Month: September 2017

How robots and machinery impact on working in confined space 

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As robots and machinery are becoming more common within working in confined space environments, it’s crucial to be aware of how this impacts on those working in close proximity. As machinery and robots have moving parts there’s a danger that when in motion sufficient force could result causing injury or even death. To ensure safety is maintained, it’s essential that a review is undertaken on any machinery and robots located in a confined space to identify hazards.

Robots and machinery mechanical hazards and risks in confined space 

There are a number of mechanical hazards and risks that have been identified for robots and machinery in confined space environments. With rotating shafts and moving gears, as well as pullies and sprockets, there is always a danger of entanglement. For robots and machinery that have hard surfaces moving in synchronicity, crushing can be a concern. If equipment performs a scissoring or shearing action and has a sharp edge, cutting, puncturing or severing may result if precautionary measures aren’t followed. Also, with cable or hose connections slips or falls are a major danger.

What to assess when reviewing machinery and robots for mechanical hazards

When undertaking a review for mechanical hazards in confined space here are some important points you need to consider:

  • Assess any machinery and robots that have moving parts which may be reached by people in the proximity.
  • Review all machinery and robots with the capacity to eject objects that could strike someone with enough force to cause harm.
  • Assess any machinery or robots with moving arms that are able to reach people.
  • Review all mobile machinery and robots operating in confined space areas that could be accessed by people.

Visit this link for more information on how to identify and review mechanical hazards: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/vwa_machine_safety_l.pdf

To discover more about navigating hazards when working in a confined space enrol in a course with Elevated Training today.

 

Wireless gas monitoring uncovering hidden dangers for workers in confined space

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An alarming revelation by BOC Industrial Gases Australia indicates the leading cause of fatalities in confined spaces is a result of asphyxiation.(http://www.boc-gas.com.au/en/sheq/welding-cutting-hazards/confined-spaces/confined-space.html ) As contractors working in a confined space are often in situations where their airflow is restricted, the effects of exposure to toxic gases can often be rapid and cause permanent damage to health or if undetected over a prolonged period of time, even death. Wireless gas monitoring systems have now been introduced in response to these hidden dangers.

How do wireless gas monitoring systems work?

Wireless gas monitoring systems have been designed to take atmospheric readings and transmit the findings to multiple communication platforms. This innovative technology requires those working in confined space conditions to wear a wireless monitor which tests the surrounding atmosphere at regular intervals, alerting the contractor entering or working in the confined space of unsafe conditions, as well as supervisors or plant or safety managers located offsite. (http://www.ehstoday.com/safety/more-eyes-invisible-danger-confined-spaces)

What method of communication is used to transmit atmospheric readings?

A unique feature incorporated in the design of wireless gas monitoring systems is the ability to transmit atmospheric readings either by WiFi or a dedicated mesh radio network. This is crucial for those working in confined space conditions as often WiFi is unavailable, so the wireless gas monitoring system automatically switches to the dedicated radio network, providing a higher degree of safety.

Are wireless gas monitoring systems compatible to mobile devices?

The atmospheric readings taken by wireless gas monitoring systems can be analysed on laptops and smart phones, as well as sent via automatic emails or SMS, enabling a faster response in critical situations.

Find out more about the latest advancements in working in confined space conditions or receive training to equip you with the skills to safely navigate these by contacting Elevated Training today.

 

 

 

The one-day course that could save your life

Working at heights

Prepare yourself for any jobsite in the building, construction, and mining industry with a Working Safely at Heights course through Elevated Training.

As a registered training organisation, we deliver high quality, reliable training solutions that will give you the skills for safely working at heights, particularly where there is a risk of falling.

In our Working Safely at Heights course you will learn about the selection, safe use, and maintenance of fall-arrest systems compatible with different job sites and leave with the skills and knowledge to proactively react to the risks of working at heights.

Training covers risk assessment, selection and correct use of equipment, rigging and of anchor systems, fall restraint, work positioning and fall arrest systems.

Working Safely at Heights is an important ticket for working on building and construction sites where your job may include stepping up on ladders, roofs and scaffolding, as well as for roles in painting and window cleaning.

The course is also incredibly relevant and beneficial for worksite supervisors who conduct or supervise tasks whilst at height or those responsible for developing rescue plans.

To comply with Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations and obtain a license to work in these professions, it is essential to undertake the appropriate training.

Failure to hold a current licence when working in such conditions can have you facing prosecution, a hefty WHS fine of up to $20,000 – or worse – serious or fatal workplace injuries.

Your safety is paramount, and if you don’t have the right training, it’s simply not worth the risk.

Fortunately, courses on Working Safely at Heights focus on fall prevention and are developed to ensure all workers take the necessary precautions to stay safe while carrying out their duties.

Our one-day courses for Working Safely at Heights are engaging and practical – and you will walk out with a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment for just $300.

Elevated Training also delivers a range of nationally recognised forklift and high-risk licenses and tickets for various machinery.

For more information about getting your Working Safely at Heights or our other training options, contact us today.