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Workplace Health and Safety Policy
In publishing this Policy, the Management Committee of the Woodturners Society of Queensland Inc does so in recognition of the Society's obligations under Government legislation, Australian Standards, etc. in respect of workshop activities conducted on the Society's premises. In particular, the Society references and is guided by the Work Health and Safety Act and Regulations 2011.
The Society's Workplace Health and Safety Policy is underpinned by the following principles:
Ø A culture of safety is promoted throughout the Society based on members' acceptance of responsibility for their personal safety in the first instance and compliance with the WH&S Policy. This is supported by way of the Committee issuing safety instructions, publishing safety related information in the Newsletter / Safety Booklet and promulgation of a Workshop Code of Conduct.
Ø The Committee takes all due and reasonable care to provide a safe working environment for members. Visitors are required to observe all safety directions/ requirements whilst on the premises.
Ø Safe working practices within the workshop area are supported by way of active supervision, together with ready access to experienced and / or professional tuition.
Ø The Management Committee formulates, promulgates, implements and maintains Workplace Health and Safety Procedures as necessary to ensure the safety of members and visitors involved in Society workshop operations and associated activities.
Ø A range of Society owned tools, machinery and equipment are provided for members' use that
Ø are safe to use and which are maintained in good working condition.
Ø The chance of injury to members and visitors is minimized as much as possible by the operation of a Risk Management Program based on the Qld Government's Safety Risk Management Advisory Standard 2000. In the event of an injury occurring, however, Convenors / Assistant Convenors or other trained personnel are available to provide basic first aid assistance.
Ø Workplace hazards ( actual or potential ) are promptly reported to a Convenor or Assistant Convenor.
Ø Exposure to air borne particles within the workshop environment is reduced through maximizing available cross ventilation, the operation of mobile air filters, in situ dust extractors, ceiling extraction fan and machine operators being required to use dust masks as appropriate.
Ø The Committee undertakes to promote improved performance through continuous and effective safety management and to review and to update this Workplace Health and Safety Policy every twelve (12) months or more frequently if required.
Reviewed and amendments endorsed by the Committee this 11th day of May 2013.