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This report will outline some of the major workplace health and safety hazards and risks found in the Warehouse, Toowoomba.

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Workplace Health and Safety Report The Warehouse Toowoomba 18th May 2012 John Smith Contents Introduction Physical Hazards Workplace Health and Safety Officer Unsecured Room Fire Exit Carpet Recommendations Workplace Health and Safety Officer Unsecured Room Fire Exit Carpet Conclusion Bibliography Introduction This report will outline some of the major workplace health and safety hazards and risks found in the Warehouse, Toowoomba. Suitable actions will be recommended which will need to be followed in order to ensure that the employees of the Warehouse are working in a safe and sustainable work environment. 2.0 Physical Hazards 2.1 Workplace Health and Safety Officer It has been recognised that the Warehouse Toowoomba does not currently have a Workplace Health and Safety Officer. This is in breach of the 2008 Workplace Health and Safety Regulation and is considered a hazard to visitors and staff. The role of a Workplace Health and Safety Officer is to develop, implement and manage safety programs, procedures and policies (Salary.com.2009). This is a serious hazard and puts the safety of employees and visitors at risk as there is nobody to develop these safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe workplace environment. ...read more.

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While the Emergency Exit is clearly marked there is no immediate access to it. In the case of a fire, this door would not be accessible to any public or staff. Blocking a Fire Exit is in breach of the 2008 Occupational Health and Safety Act which states: '' All Fire Exits must remain free and unobstructed at all times. There must be appropriate illuminated signage on all Fire Exit doors. 2.4 Carpet During further inspection of the warehouse it was recognised that there were large areas of the carpet in the main office area that were worn-out and ripped. This is a potential tripping hazard for employees and visitors. There were no visible signs to warn the visitors or staff of this risk. The damaged carpet is clearly in breach of the 2008 Occupational Health and Safety Act which states: ''Any potential tripping hazard must be clearly signed to warn staff and the general public. In addition, all tripping hazards must be repaired as a matter of urgency.'' 3.0 Recommendations 3.1 Workplace Health and Safety Officer This report has outlined that by not having a trained Workplace Health and Safety officer at the warehouse at all times is a serious breach of the Workplace Health and Safety Act. ...read more.

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After appointing a Workplace Health and Safety Officer, part of their weekly safety check should be to ensure that this and all other emergency exits are unobstructed and safe for all staff and public using the premises. 3.4 Carpet All worn-out and damaged carpet recognised in the inspection should be replaced immediately. Until this is dealt with, appropriate signage should be placed around the damaged area to warn visitors and staff of the potential tripping hazard. Further inspections should be done to all floor areas by the current Workplace Health and Safety Officer. 4.0 Conclusion This report has outlined four of the major Workplace Health and safety hazards within the Warehouse Toowoomba. If these recommendations are compliant under the appropriate Acts and the Organisational Policy and Procedures Manual, this will ensure that the employees and visitors at the Warehouse will be working and operating in a safe workplace environment. Failure to comply with these recommendations within the three months from the date of this report, will result in a full safety audit and possibly a recommendation to close down the business until compliance occurs. 5. ...read more.

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