A measured outcome of things occurring in the past e.g. injury/accident statistics, sick days
A measure taken of actions implemented in the present that are designed to influence the future e.g. training, providing trolleys/stepladders etc.
Lead paint is paint containing lead, which is a heavy metal that was once used to create pigment in paint. All paints manufactured prior to 1978 had lead as one of the ingredients.
|Lower Explosive Limit:|
The lowest concentration (percentage) of a gas or a vapour in air capable of producing a flash of fire in presence of an ignition source (arc, flame, heat).
|Maintenance and repair:|
Works considered necessary to ensure that existing facilities continue to function at a satisfactory level and for the purpose for which they were designed.
|Management OHS Nominee:|
A position nominated by the Workplace Manager to oversee the operational aspects of implementing health, safety and wellbeing initiatives, policies and procedures.
Any activity requiring the use or force exerted by a person to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move, hold or restrain an object, person or animal.
Is defined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 as treatment by a registered medical practitioner. ‘Treatment’ does not include diagnostic testing or first aid even if this has been provided by a medical practitioner.
Is defined as a state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with normal stressors of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to the community.
Stored quantities in the one location that are less than the 'Placarding Quantity' in Schedule 2 of the
Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2012(Refer to
Guidance Sheet 1: Chemical Storage). A workplace could have quantities of dangerous goods for which placarding is not required to be displayed.
A wheeled or tracked vehicle which is engine or motor powered.
Personal monitoring is the method used to determine an employee's exposure to workplace contaminants. In this method the air sample is collected within the breathing zone of the employee. The breathing zone is defined as being within a 30cm radius of the employee's nose and mouth. The sampler is usually attached to the collar of an employee's shirt as high up as possible. Personal samples ensure as far as possible that the air sampled best represents the air inhaled by the employee.
Static monitoring involves the sampler fixed to an employee's workstation or source of contaminant. Static montoring is ideal for monitoring effectiveness of control measures within a particular work area.
|Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD):|
An injury, illness or disease that arises in whole or in part from manual handling in the workplace, whether suddenly occurring or over a prolonged period of time, but does not include an injury, illness or disease caused by crushing, entrapment or cut resulting primarily from the mechanical operation of plant.
A near miss is defined as any occurrence that might have led to an injury or illness to people, danger to health and/or damage to property or the environment.
Employee nominated by management to complete specific OHS tasks (this can be the HSR, a member of the health and safety committee or another employee in the workplace).
Asbestos-containing materials that cannot be crumbled by hand pressure alone.
Incidents at a workplace which require notification to WorkSafe.
|Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL):|
An occupational exposure limit (OEL) is an upper limit on the acceptable concentration of a hazardous substance in workplace air for a particular material or class of materials. The OELs are usually expressed as time-weighted average concentrations over an eight-or sometimes 12-hour shift and, where necessary, short-term peak concentrations. The primary objective in setting OELs is the protection of employees from occupational illness or disease. It is typically set by competent national authorities and enforced by legislation.
Occupational hygiene uses science and engineering to measure the extent of worker exposure and to design and implement approproate control strategies to prevent ill health caused by the working environment. It helps employers and employees understand the risks, and promotes improved working conditions and working practices.
Occupational Health and Safety.
Specific procedures that make up the Department’s OHS Management System (OHSMS). The Department’s system documentation can be distinguished by the unique numbering system DET ESWU-Document Category Number-Number of document in category-Version.
The consideration of health and safety implications when purchasing new or used goods and supplies.
|OHS Risk Register:|
A register of the OHS hazards, their associated risks, and controls identified at the workplace.
|OHS Training Planner/Register:|
Maintains a record of required and optional OHS training that has been scheduled or completed, and identifies when training has lapsed.
Includes Australian Standards, National Occupational Health and Safety Commission Guidelines and Industry Codes.
Used to indicate the degree of danger associated with dangerous goods within a given class. This information is used to determine appropriate storage (i.e. placarding) and transport requirements.
|Passive fall prevention device:|
Means material or equipment, or a combination of material and equipment, that is designed for the purpose of preventing a fall, and that, after initial installation, does not require any ongoing adjustment, alteration, or operation by a person to ensure the integrity of the device to perform its function.
|Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):|
Items and clothing intended to provide individual employees with some protection from hazards. Examples of PPE may include protective clothing and footwear, dust masks, gloves and respirators or breathing apparatus.
Visual warning of the hazards associated with the dangerous goods stored on site.
The quantity of dangerous goods being stored that exceeds the quantity specified in Schedule 2 of the Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2012 (Refer to Guidance Sheet 1: Chemical Storage), above which placarding is required.
Under the OHS Act 2004, “plant includes:
• Any machinery equipment, appliance, implement and tool
• Any component of any of those things
• Anything fitted, connected or related to any of those things.
|Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs):|
The main use of PCBs in building materials is as a plasticiser. They are found predominantly in paints, specialty coatings, caulking, sealants, and other materials as well. They were used in equipment such as fluorescent light fitting capacitors, electric motors, ceiling fans and dishwashers that generally predate 1980.
|Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN):|
A formal notice issued by a HSR to an employer if they believe the workplace is contravening a provision of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 or OHS Regulations 2017. A Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN) may only be issued after consultation aimed at remedying the issue has occurred and the issue remains unresolved.