The Commonwealth, state and territory governments have agreed to harmonised work health and safety laws to improve work health and safety, provide consistent protection for Australian workers and reduce the regulatory burden. This includes any worker, contractor or manager working within the metal manufacturing and steel fabrication industry.
Safety is a priority in all work policies and procedures governing the storage, manufacturing and management of the metal refining process. All Australian jurisdictions are committed to the prevention of workplace deaths, injuries and illness.
The storing of steel poses numerous potential problems that may easily lead to injury if appropriate safeguards are not in place. Hazards include the potential for steel in its various forms to roll, slip, and slide or fall over if not suitably restrained. Machines generally have the potential to cause injury to workers and those in the vicinity of the machine. Hazardous noise can also destroy the ability to hear clearly and make it more difficult to hear sounds necessary for working safely.
The new Metal Manufacturing Industry Guide to Safety addresses all these potential problems at the workplace, providing easy-to-read guidelines to identify, manage and control risks and hazards.
John Hutchings, CEO, Pro-Visual Publishing thanked all the sponsors of the Metal Manufacturing Industry Guide to Safety 2013/14, whose support enabled free distribution of the guide.