This video is a part of a series developed for National Safe Work Month 2017, focusing on our seven priority industries as identified in the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022

Facilities Manager Andrew Brewer shares how his organisation addresses common work health and safety risks such as manual handling with engineering controls and educating staff. He focuses on continual improvement and setting the bar higher for staff and the organisation.

About the presenter

Andrew is the Facilities Manager at the Royal Australian Mint. 


National Safe Work Month – Manufacturing industry video

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Speaker: Andrew Brewer, Facilities Manager

Safety is paramount in a manufacturing facility. There are number of hazards there. We have automated machinery. We have presses that press coins at 1,250 tons of pressure, so no fingers, arms, hands, etc. Regardless though whether you're working within an office space or you're working on the production floor, there are different hazards within all areas, and if a worker's injured we take that quite seriously because it affects us all.

I would say one of the major ones, which is commonplace, is manual handling, and we're constantly addressing those with engineering controls and also education and fitness-type classes for workers that are in that particular field. In some areas there you have ear protection or hearing protection, eye protection, safety boots, high-vis. Other areas require more sophisticated equipment, so other areas we have also AGVs, which are automated guided vehicles. They do have safety sensors that do detect people in certain areas. We have signage and also induction processes for workers in that space.

We also have forklifts within those areas there. We have signage detailing the safety issues with forklifts. We do have regular breaks for our staff. We have exercise programs. We've also introduced new technology to mitigate some of those manual handling issues for staff, but also it's education and training.

With regards to work health safety, it's continual improvement. We always have to look at other ways of doing things better, efficiently, and more safety, and that's ongoing. With any organization you have to keep on looking ahead and set the bar higher for both your workers and your organization.

October is National Safe Work month. Visit the website to see how you can get involved. Safety is everyone's business, and your knowledge and experiences are worth sharing.

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