Harm Minimisation Strategy
Even a minor incident can result in a death or serious injuries occurring, that can impact on secondary victims, including psychological exposure to the scene. Workplace laws can hold management responsible to ensure staff & the public are not affected by the visual impact or exposure to a biological incident where bodily fluids or human tissue contaminates the scene, protecting individuals from actual or perceived injury.
Often employers are not prepared for secondary complaint, including psychological or an actual exposure to a pathogenic organism when faced with the cleanup of blood, bodily fluids or bodily tissue from a colleague or member of the public.
Can you afford not to engage a qualified forensic cleaner to complete a workplace accident cleanup in this day and age.
Industrial Safety: Lock Out & Tag Out – ‘LOTO’
In most industrial situations, the company will have procedures in place for lockout & tagout, during times of equipment maintenance & servicing to ensure that machinery or equipment is stopped, isolated from all potentially hazardous ‘energy sources’ and locked out before employees perform any cleaning or maintenance.
Energy sources including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, or other sources in machinery and equipment that can be hazardous to workers must be identified & isolated during any response to an industrial accident where sanitary cleaning is required & collection of human tissue.
What are the harmful effects of hazardous energy?
During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy can result in serious injury or death to workers & contractors if energy is not properly controlled.
The unplugging of power in small & large machines does not always suffice!
Injuries resulting from the failure to control hazardous energy during maintenance activities can be serious or fatal! Injuries may include electrocution, burns, crushing, cutting, lacerating, amputating, or fracturing body parts, and others.
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In many situations, the external cleanup of biological material on surfaces may only be required. During serious incidents, after Police & Work Cover investigators have released the scene, a thorough inspection of equipment should occur with management & responsible employees for maintenance.
Technicians, in consultation with management will then develop an effective LOTO procedure as some machinery, equipment or an area may require movement, dismantling, isolation, containment, or the lawful disposal of items not suitable for restoration.
This is necessary to contain & collect in many situations biological material containing blood, other bodily fluids & tissue, odours & removal of unsanitary staining. In public areas, the erection of containment barriers & isolation tents may be necessary during works if not already in place.
At the completion of a workplace accident cleanup, your technician will
• Complete ATP hygiene swab testing to ensure removal of contaminate
• Remove items or other clinical waste affected by biological material
• Reporting to the client services completed & subsequent site clearance.
The team at Blueys Cleaning Solutions have investigated numerous industrial accidents over the course of 20 years in emergency services, our knowledge extends beyond cleaning & remediation to logically thinking outside the square to manage our response.
To ensure your company complies with Australian workplace risk management requirements, namely health & safety procedures, include Blueys Cleaning Solutions details within your W.H & S guidelines or contact your local representative for a site assessment, on Phone 1800 925 925.