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CBOHS302B Apply Occupational and Safety in the Workplace Assignment Semester I 2012 The Occupational Health and Safety Act is designed to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of employees, employers and anyone else against the potential risks or hazards that might occur at the workplace. The act would be reinforced through legislation, policies, procedures and activities.
The chosen workplace is a printing warehouse where I used to work at. Its service includes the output of a variety of texts and calendars. In a particular section, plain notes such as dairies are produced in large quantities on daily basis. This type of work utilises a relatively large number of high-speed laser printers and photocopiers. While I was there, in that particular area of the warehouse, it was possible to smell ozone gas produced by the machines. According to the Australian Exposure Standard, this could mean that the concentration in that area is succeeding the standard’s limit. In such condition, the ozone can cause serious health issues include: eye and upper respiratory tract irritation; headache; and temporary loss of the ability to smell. Furthermore, having the photocopiers run in such close proximity to workers can cause possible discomfort from the heat, light and noise generated during the photocopying process.
Regarding OH&S matters, including the stated potential hazards, the first place to consult to would be the Victorian government OH&S website: worksafe.vic.gov.au. This website has an entire section on OH&S in the printing industry, located under ‘Safety & Prevention’ for manufacturing works. It also offers publication such as the ‘Australian Exposure Standards’, and professional advices regarding hazards in this type of work as well as OH&S information in general. In addition, on the same site, legal forms such as the ‘Hearing Assessment’…...

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