When the topic of workplace, health and safety is brought up, is an office environment the first thing that comes to mind? Or instead more labour-intensive industries like the construction industry, agriculture or working as an electrician? You might be surprised to know, according to Safe Work Australia, 40% of claims made were by employees in administration, professional services, sales and community work and management.
Injuries are more likely to occur in white-collared environments due to senior management not implementing their company's WHS policies, and SAI Global have listed the seven most commonly overlooked workplace hazards by employers:
1. Heavy Workloads and High-stress Levels
Work-related stress is the second-most compensated illness or injury in Australia which can lead to physical symptoms such as headaches and fatigue, psychological symptoms such as anxiety, sleep loss and depression, or behavioural symptoms, such as mood swings. These can contribute to long-term health complications such as sleep loss and diabetes. To ensure organisations are meeting their WHS obligations, top management must include all workers in their WHS decision making and comply with ISO 4500 standard.
2. Concealed Bullying and Harassment
According to SAI Global auditors have identified junior-to-mid-level employees, contractors and external suppliers to be the main culprits of bullying and harassment rather than managers who are usually perceived as the main perpetrators. Being on the receiving end of bullying can result in emotional trauma and psychological injury, resulting in higher absenteeism and emotional stress.
3. Basic Clutter
General day-to-day items including boxes, plants, bags on floors or courier deliveries placed in access areas can present trip and collision risks and even more so if workers are distracted. SAI Global recommends that employers organise regular housekeeping activities, risk assessments and inspections to identify workplace hazards. When items are not in use, its suggested items have predetermined storage locations to prevent trip hazards.
4. Blocked Access to Fire Safety Equipment
Are there items in your workplace that are blocking the entrance to fire exits, sprinkler heads, fire hoses or fire hydrants? In the event of an emergency, this can obstruct the efficiency or use of fire safety equipment. Fire safety equipment should have one-metre-clear zones marked by signage and workplaces should have regular safety inspections and see that there is preventative maintenance in place for essential services.
5. Non-adjustable Desks, Chairs and Monitors
Is your back aching more than usual? Are you finding that you have more significant back pain at work? According to research led by the University of Sydney, lower back pain accounts for one-third of all work-related disability. Height-adjustable desks, chairs and monitors can help aid and prevent back pain and the associated costs of compensation.
6. Extreme Workplace Temperatures
Is it a habit of yourself or others in your office to bring a jumper in on 30-degree days because your office resembles arctic temperatures? Then it's probably not surprising to hear that complaints about temperature are widespread within an office environment.
Heat and cold stress can impact worker’s health, leading to days off work and even workers’ compensation claims. To maintain employee comfort interior workplaces should be at even temperatures of 22 degrees in summer and 24 degrees in winter.
7. An Employer’s Lack of Commitment to Safety
It is all well and good to have WHS procedures in place but has everyone in your organisation been trained and are familiar with them? If there seems to be a minority of workers knowledgeable of your WHS procedures, the overall commitment to workplace safety culture significantly diminishes. When workers aren’t educated about potential workplace hazards, risks and good safety practices, illnesses and injuries are more likely to occur.
As the cold mornings start to become few and far to make way for the warmer months it is more important than ever to remember sun safety on-site. It’s no surprise that Australian summers are hot to say the least, which can have some Tradies and outdoor workers dreading the as some might say, the unbearable hot season.
These very hot and extreme conditions can lead to heat-related health problems. UV Radiation is a major workplace hazard to employees who spend some or majority of their working day outdoors. Taking precautions by wearing these five personal protection items will help to prevent the affects of heat stress and allow you to stay sun safe during the summer months.
Wear light, loose fitting clothing that covers an adequate amount of the body. Clothes should be made from fabrics that assist in the evaporation of perspiration e.g. cotton and be light in colour, avoid wearing black. Although it might be tempting to wear shorts and short sleeved shirts, to stay protected it's best to ensure shirts and trousers are long.
Hats with brims of at least 8 centimetres or Foreign Legion’ style caps with loose flap to protect the neck and ears should be worn to ensure the best protection from the sun.
Sunscreen should be non-allergenic and have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30+ but preferably 50+. Remember that no type of sunscreen provides complete protection; you must remember to wear it in combination with hats, clothing and other protective measures. Make sure to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, more often if profuse sweating is occurring.
4. LIP PROTECTION
Don't forget the lips! The skin on your lips doesn’t contain melanin, which provides natural protection, therefore your lips need to be protected with 15+ and above zinc.
5. EYE PROTECTION
Eye protection should be used for both safety and health reasons, i.e. protecting eyes from the sun and shielding from debris or chemicals.
These five key items will help to ensure you are protecting yourself from the harsh summer rays whilst on the worksite. Remember to stay cool whenever possible, keep covered and stay hydrated by drinking at least 2-3L per day.
“The NSCA awards in my opinion are of the highest standard. Their judging process and criteria make it very difficult to become a finalist let alone win. I congratulate all finalists and winners and a major congratulations to the winner of Member of the Year – Safework Australia.”
– John Hutchings, CEO of Pro-Visual Publishing
The NSCA Foundation congratulated all finalists, highly commended and winners from the 2017 NSCA Foundation / GIO Workers Compensation National Safety Awards of Excellence announced at the Gala Awards Luncheon on Thursday 12 October 2017 at Doltone House, Hyde Park, which Pro-Visual Publishing’s CEO, John Hutchings and Marketing Manager, Deanna Davenport attended.
As Pro-Visual Publishing has been a long-term partner and works closely with NSCA, we sponsored the award for 2017 Foundation Member of the Year.
This award recognises the NSCA Foundation Individual or Corporate member who has demonstrated commitment and leadership in work health and safety. It could be the implementation of a safety management system, project or program; or a solution that reduces the risk of work-related injury and disease.
Regardless of whether your safety initiative is big or small, if it is making a positive difference to work safety and culture, we want to hear about it.
This award is selected by the NSCA Foundation Board of Directors and went to Safe Work Australia for 2017.
Augmented Reality is growing fast in popularity, thanks to endless opportunities in the marketing world to promote products, enhance user experience and increase engagement.
Here are five facts to help you learn a bit more about Augmented Reality from ViewAR:
1. Early Bloomer
Augmented reality has its roots in 1968 when Ivan Sutherland – an American computer scientist created with the first head-mounted display system at Harvard university. It showed simple wireframe drawings and computer-generated graphics.
Because of the aforementioned studies, more companies are now investing in workforce development, with budgets increasing by over 15% every year on average.
2. VR and AR aren’t twins
Even though virtual reality may seem similar to augmented reality, it is merely its second cousin.
VR replaces the world around you with a simulated one letting you experience a new, virtual, sometimes even unreal concepts. AR, on the other hand, overlays virtual objects on physical elements to enhance your current perception of the reality.
One of the advantages of AR over VR is that you need not to be completely isolated from the real world. In the case of VR, you are completely cut off from the real world. One common problem of VR is that after playing games in the completely virtual environment, people generally complain about nausea. Another advantage of AR is that it can be experienced easily with Smartphone, whereas for VR, some form of HMD is required.
3. Incredible growth
By 2017 AR applications are predicted to generate $300 billion revenue, whereas in 2014 it generated ‘only’ around $5 billion. Additionally, by 2020, AR is bound to have more than one billion users worldwide.
4. Good enough for NASA
Since it can augment the effectiveness of navigation devices, no wonder it was applied far wider than only for commercial purposes. In 1999, NASA’s x-38 was flown utilizing a special AR dashboard for navigation purposes.
5. Personal trainer
‘Pokémon go’, which is a perfect example of AR application, caused quite an impact recently. Its enthusiasts realize that by trying to “catch them all” they actually need to move around. No wonder that a significant number of AR applications try to come up with ideas to help us stay healthy and make a bigger impact on us.
The Social Media Guru explains this trend as a way to create a more immersive, aesthetic experience for users. Through social media, people have the feeling of not just experiencing things with others but also of learning and growing because of the ways others interact with you within the experience.
Another industry using AR is Real Estate. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are two powerful technologies making a big impact in the real estate industry. By integrating AR and VR technologies into their businesses, real estate professionals are changing the way people experience home buying, building and selling; whether it’s viewing an AR 3D building through interactive print or virtually standing inside your future home. VR and AR are quickly growing industries that have a big influence on users. Using these techniques can make your real estate seo generate a big impact.
AR technology is here for the taking and those who find innovative ways to use it in their advertising campaigns will stay ahead of the rest. Now, more than ever, there is a necessity to combine traditional and digital marketing, to create campaigns that encourage customer engagement.
The goal is to use AR in such a way that it creates an interactive experience, engaging the customer through a rich and rewarding experience.
“So far, you may have only used augmented reality apps to catch Pokemon, or transform your selfie into a portrait of a rainbow-puking unicorn. But augmented reality (AR) also has a serious side, and many apps are catering to a variety of industries for some practical use. Though advertising seems to be an obvious choice for AR developers, other apps have targeted the health care, education, commercial, and architecture sectors to turn mobile devices into essential training, designing, and educational tools. Let’s take a look at 8 examples of augmented reality for business applications.”
Over the past months, five new editions of our interactive Health, Safety & Wellbeing Guides have been released to the industry.
Each large-print format guide is ideal to display in the workplace for staff to refer to key health and wellbeing information for their industry – and thanks to our sponsors copies are free of charge.
By downloading the free Pro-Vis AR app, workers can also use their smart devices to scan over the interactive AR components to access 3D animations, informative PDFs and more excellent resources.
Our most recently released guides for 2017/18 include:
For further information visit www.provisual.com.au or to request a copy of a guide click here.
Quad bikes are a major cause of death and serious injury in rural workplaces, which makes quad safety a key focus on many of our interactive agriculture guides. 115 people have lost their lives on quad bikes in Australia since 2011, and almost two-thirds of those have occurred on farms, according to Safe Work Australia. It’s an issue that evidently needs to be worked on, and more education is necessary to keep our farmers safe.
Recently, Safety Culture reported on the NSW Government’s call to introduce a national five-star safety rating system for quad bikes to reduce farm deaths and injuries.
“After meeting with Senator Michaela Cash last month, we believe a rating system is the next big step to reducing deaths and injuries from quad bike incidents,” said Mr. Kean.
Pro-Visual Publishing understands the importance of Workplace Health and Safety, which is why we are committed to providing resources that assist with addressing legislative responsibilities, and help ensure greater health and safety outcomes for businesses and employees.
Workplace Health and Safety training is a key component in keeping workers safe, which is a core focus of our Interactive Guides. Whether training employees in groups, or when employees use the guides as a reference, Augmented Reality (AR) creates active involvement in health and safety practices for all staff. As well as increasing employee engagement, AR capable guides allow businesses to access a window to more industry-specific resources.
By 2020, 25% of the American workforce will be over the age of 55 and approaching retirement, a phenomenon becoming known as the Silver Tsunami. While this could create a shortage of skilled workers in a number of fields including electric utilities, telecommunications, and manufacturing, augmented reality (AR) is poised not only to address issues faced by our aging workforce, but to fundamentality increase productivity by changing how all employees are trained in the future.
Pro-Visual Publishing began incorporating Augmented Reality into our health, safety and wellbeing guides in 2015. Our aim was to provide each industry we supply to with interactive resources to increase engagement with health and safety, and to provide further information on our sponsors quality products and services.
Now 2017, the possibilities of AR just keep growing, as technologies improve and more brands incorporate AR into their marketing strategies.
Jay Samit, independent vice chairman for the Digital Reality Practice at Deloitte Digital, recently wrote an article highlighting AR’s influence on the digital arena:
“As traditional revenues from television advertising are beginning to erode, a new trillion-dollar industry is emerging that mandates brands be omnipresent. Within this decade, augmented reality is going to change the way the always-connected consumer works, shops and plays. Once contextual marketing seamlessly transitions to commerce, it will be trusted brands—and the savvy marketers who manage them—that help consumers augment their world with tailored experiences to enhance their daily lives.”
One of the simplest, most important lines of defence against the spread of many illnesses — from the common cold to more serious infections, such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, the flu and hepatitis A — is good hand washing.
Germs can easily be spread from one person’s hands to objects or other people that they have touched, which makes it vital to wash your hands frequently, and wash them correctly.
Many of our Augmented Reality (AR) capable guides, such as the School Canteen Guide to Food Safety & Nutrition and Veterinary Industry Guide to Workplace Safety now feature an interactive animation showing correct hand washing technique, to help ensure workers protect themselves and others against preventable health issues.
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