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Flood clean-up safety warning

10-02-2011
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WorksafeVIC has warned Victorian employers to be mindful of their responsibilities toward their workers and volunteers when carrying out flood clean-up work.

Employers should be aware of their obligations under health and safety laws to help reduce the risk of death, injury and illness to those involved in the clean up and repair effort.

This includes:

  • The steps for planning to do work safely
  • Working at height
  • Demolition
  • Handling and safely disposing of asbestos
  • Chemical hazards
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Protecting against sickness
  • Managing fatigue
  • Watching for wildlife
  • Using quad bikes
  • Operating wheeled or tracked machinery in the wet

Worksafe Victoria provides advice on all these issues to assist employees in making their workplace healthy and safe after the floods.

Worksafe Victoria
Ph: 1800 136 089
www.worksafe.vic.gov.au

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