01:27 pm, Tuesday 6 August, 2013
An inspection program in Western Australia is being conducted to look at safety standards in automotive repair workplaces.
This program will be implemented throughout the 2013-14 financial year, and will focus on workplaces that carry out automotive body, paint and interior repairs.
WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said the automotive repair sector is being targeted because of its high rate of work-related injury.
“Workers in the automotive repair industry suffer a relatively high rate of injuries from being hit by objects, manual handling tasks and slips, trips and falls,” said Mr Attard.
‘There is also potential for them to be exposed to hazardous substances in the course of their work, especially workers carrying out spray painting activities.
“Hence, the inspectors will be looking closely at awareness of hazard identification and at whether risk assessments are being carried out for manual handling tasks.”
Safety inspectors will look into priority areas of hazardous substances, electricity, manual tasks training of new and young workers, machinery guarding and slips, trips and falls.
Issues specific to the industry will also be a focus such as spray booth safety, personal protective equipment, emergency procedures, mobile plant, health surveillance and pressure vessels.
“WorkSafe has an extensive schedule of proactive inspection programs concentrating on particular industries or activities or specific geographical areas aimed at providing employers with information on how to make workplaces safer,” said Mr Attard.
“The Transport Team will inspect workplaces in metropolitan and regional areas over the financial year with a view to raising awareness and providing information.
“A letter and a copy of the checklist have been sentt to employers in the industry, so they should be aware of what will be expected when an inspector visits.
“We firmly believe that raising awareness with proactive programs is the best way in which to lessen the risk of work-related injury and illness, but inspectors will take enforcement action during the program if necessary.”
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