Page 12 - GlobalEyes Edition 3 Jun 2011

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Steps 7, 8 and 9
to Bradken-style
In our last newsletter
we took a closer look
at Steps 4, 5 and 6
of the Bradken
21Steps to Safety
process. This month’s
issue shines the
spotlight on Steps 7,
8 and 9.
Step 7
Buildings and
Infrastructure Safety
Ensure the company’s buildings
and infrastructure are as safe
and hazard-free as possible,
and pose no threat to
personal health and safety
or to the environment.
Even with the best of safety
intentions, there is always a
possibility that some random
chain of events could lead to
an emergency situation.
Here’s where an emergency
management plan really comes
into its own to prevent, contain
or minimise any potential injury
or damage.
Ideally developed by the
employees most likely to be
affected, an effective emergency
management plan will outline the
types of emergencies which
could be reasonably expected,
the chain of command to be
adopted during the emergency,
the response systems and
procedures to be activated,
supporting administrative
arrangements and a business
continuity plan in the event that
operations are severely disrupted.
To run drills to check the
effectiveness of the Emergency
Management Plan is not always
an easy feat to manage when
trying to work in with production
demands. To address this issue,
as a safety initiative through the
OHS Committee, we are
reviewing all of the potential
emergencies across the site,
and developing some ‘scenarios’
that can be run in individual
departments. This will have
minimal impact on the overall
production of the plant as
there will only be one ‘scenario’
conducted each month and will
only involve one department.
An example of some of the
scenarios that we have
already run are:
Melt Department: Water failure
on the induction furnaces;
Moulding: Chemical leak on
the Chemical Delivery System.
Step 8
Management of
Hazardous and
Dangerous Materials
Ensure purchasing, transport,
storage, handling, use and
disposal of hazardous materials
are carried out in a safe manner.
The first priority in any
hazardous or dangerous
materials management program
is to establish an inventory of
all chemicals used at the
workplace. This will normally
involve a survey of the workplace
and the establishment of
processes for recording new
substances as they enter the
facility. Information on these
chemicals can be obtained from
the material safety data sheets
(MSDS), which detail relevant
health and safety information.
Another important aspect of
substance management is
adequate labelling. Labelling
should provide the substance
name, identifying number and
dangerous/hazardous ingredients.
STEPS 7, 8 AND 9