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Here we share some of the most interesting questions that come through the Helpdesk service from subscribers. Please note: All identifying details are removed for reasons of confidentiality.

Through the Helpdesk, you can ask any general health and safety queries that you can’t find an answer to in your handbook, and our experts will give you an answer. Whether your query is about recent legislative changes, or the steps you need to take to protect yourself, our team of experts is ready to answer your questions.

January 28, 2020 on topic Hearing conservation programs
Hearing Tests

We complete hearing tests for at-risk workers every 2 years. We have a staff member, who once was exposed to noise but now works solely in an office environment and has done so for the past 8 years, with no exposure to noise. When should we stop conducting hearing tests for him?

Must we record a postie injury?

We have had a postie injure himself after he fell off his bike while delivering mail to us. The postie is not a worker of ours. His bike wheels slid “along” a hose connection we had placed on the berm (approved practice by our client) instead of riding over the hose. At every driveway there is an approved ramp for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians to safely cross the hose. Do we need to capture this as a Lost Time Injury (LTI) on our statistics?

Do we need to have a first aider in the office?

Are we legally required to have a first aid officer within an office environment?

Do we need to have a first aider in the office?

Are we legally required to have a first aid officer within an office environment?

January 28, 2020 on topic Hearing conservation programs
Hearing Tests

We complete hearing tests for at-risk workers every 2 years. We have a staff member, who once was exposed to noise but now works solely in an office environment and has done so for the past 8 years, with no exposure to noise. When should we stop conducting hearing tests for him?

December 03, 2019 on topic Codes of practice
Do you have any safety guidance for carrying out hot works

I am looking to create a hot work permit to work process. Do you have any safety guidance when carrying out hot works or other processes that produce a flame or other ignition source?

Must we record a postie injury?

We have had a postie injure himself after he fell off his bike while delivering mail to us. The postie is not a worker of ours. His bike wheels slid “along” a hose connection we had placed on the berm (approved practice by our client) instead of riding over the hose. At every driveway there is an approved ramp for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians to safely cross the hose. Do we need to capture this as a Lost Time Injury (LTI) on our statistics?

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