10:28 am, Saturday 8 December, 2012
WorkSafe is conducting an inspection program to check on safety issues associated with retail hardware and building suppliers.
WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said the inspections would focus on raising awareness of potential safety risks and making sure that employers possess the information required to comply with laws.
“All our proactive inspection programs aim to provide employers with the information they need to make their workplaces safer,” said Mr Attard.
“Inspectors will be focusing on general areas of electricity, emergency egress, slips and trips on uneven surfaces, evacuation procedures, personal protective equipment, first aid equipment and hazardous substances.
Inspectors will also focus on issues specific to the retail hardware and building suppliers industries such as manual tasks, objects falling from heights such as racking and shelving, forklift safety and high risk work licences.
A checklist will aid inspectors during inspection to ensure consistency.
“The retailing of hardware and building supplies presents a number of specific risks,” said Mr Attard.
“Foremost among these are manual handling injuries suffered when handling heavy items of hardware and stacking racks or shelving, the risks associated with mobile plant such as forklifts and trucks, and working at heights on ladders.
“Although the aim of the program is to raise awareness and provide information, inspectors will take enforcement action if necessary.
“We firmly believe that raising awareness with proactive campaigns is the best way in which to lessen the risk of work-related injury and illness.”
The program will continue throughout the remainder of the financial year.
Further information can be obtained through the WorkSafe WA website.