Anju Lata answered on
Jul 15 2020
Running Head: Workplace Inspection at ECU
Workplace Inspection at ECU 4
Workplace Inspection Occupational Hazards & Hierarchy of Control
The report presents a workplace inspection of facilities and services at ECU. The work investigates the workplace environment and other practices at a construction site run by Edith Cowan University, identifying the hazardous conditions at the workplace, classifying the identified risks and evaluating them with permissible codes of standards. The report recommends the possible solutions to the hazards on the basis of hierarchy of codes and finally concludes the findings of the inspection.
Keywords: Workplace; Inspection; Code of standards; Hazards.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 4
2. Identifying the Hazards 4
3. Classification of Identified Hazards 10
4. Evaluation of Risks 11
5. Codes of Practice 12
6. Conclusion 14
7. Recommendations 15
8. References 16
The inspection of the construction site is important to prevent the accidents and improve the safety at work places (Anastasios, 2017). The inspections can check whether the construction is being done according to the safety standards of the building. They are helpful in planning for the safety of the project, identifying the potential hazards, improving the focus of construction workers towards important tasks, improving the quality of the building, and helping the construction companies to follow environmental regulations.
The workplace inspections are also aimed to analyze the potential safety-related hazards at the workplaces and report them before they become a major problem. The auditors use the inspection reports to assess the Contractor’s compliance with the regulations of Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
Hazard can be defined as something that may harm the health of a person or may cause injury (Occupational Healthcare services, 2016). The hazards may be health related or safety related. The risk refers to a situation which involves exposure to uncertainty and may result in an impact.
Identifying the Hazards
The aim of hazards identification was to detect the situations that may lead to hazard, the type of hazards, their location, equipments involved and the work groups to be assessed. The hazard identification refers to health and safety impact of workplace practices (Sezdi, 2016).
The Health Impact refers to an illness that may affect the health of the workers due to prolonged exposure to conditions like sunburn, high level of noise, air pollution, exposure to contaminants and mutagens etc. leading to muscular or skeletal damage, auditory loss, respiratory problems, suffocation etc.
The safety Impact refers to an injury that may damage the property and equipments. For example burn, fire, crush, graze, deformity etc (WHS,2011).
During the workplace inspection, the hazards were identified by reviewing the Hazard Risk Registers that were already maintained by the staff and included the last Audit details and proposed improvement plans. Other than this, there was a provision for proper documentation of hazards in form of Material Inventory and Process Inventory.
The assessment of occupational Hygiene was done by a walk-through a survey of the premises. It identified the hazards related to air contamination levels, ventilation, noise control, protection from radiation and their controlling measures. The work site analysis helped to determine the sources of potential issues like exposure to the harmful environment. All the workplace areas and practices were observed and monitored carefully by the inspection team for the effectiveness of control measures.
The inspection of the ECU went on through the following steps:
· The construction site was checked for Erosion and Sediment Control (Health & Safety Authority, 2018). The site was checked for accumulated sediments that may get washed out to the roads and drainage outlet points. The Failures, violations and maintenance requirements were immediately informed to the University.
· Proper documentation was done about the procedures of ca
ying out inspections. The details were recorded about the people ca
ying out the site inspection, the inspection schedule, and addressing the necessary co
· We inspected the areas distu
ed by the construction activities, areas used to store the materials that may be exposed to moisture and rain, the areas where control measures were installed, the areas where the pollutants were detected, the parking areas at the construction site, the entry and exit points, and the points of discharge from the construction site.
· Construction site was checked for installation and operations of all control measures, and determined the need to repair or replace any control measure.
· The incidents of non compliance were observed and co
ection measures were taken.
· The water quality available...