Health & Safety

Sharks Sports Trust is committed to the provision of a safe and healthy environment, the establishment of safe and efficient methods and the carrying out of all duties in a safe and efficient way. In making this commitment, Sharks Sports Trust recognises a need to provide its employees with a safe and healthy place in which to work and to promote the health, safety and welfare of its employees.
Sharks Sports Trust and its representatives will accept responsibility for providing and maintaining a safe, hygienic and productive working environment.

Procedures

1. Sharks Sports Trust staff will take all practicable steps to provide and maintain a safe working environment for each other.
2. Any hazards must be reported to the OSH officer (General Manager or Administrator) immediately and written in the register with date and location.
3. Any equipment used by or provided by Sharks Sports Trust must be safe (in design, make and maintenance). Equipment must be used in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions and any codes of practice eg. when lending the earthballs the safety instructions must also be given out.
4. Sharks Sports Trust will ensure its employees are adequately trained and supervised in their work and equipment used. The Office Manager or Administrator will be responsible for providing VDU health & safety information to all staff spending long periods of time using computers.
5. Sharks Sports Trust staff must make themselves familiar with the EMERGENCY PROCEDURES. Evacuation practices drills will be held by the OSH officer from time to time, in accordance with the fire regulation.
6. Sharks Sports Trust’s OSH Officer will carry out a monthly safety check in accordance with the Education Scheme.
7. Sharks Sports Trust’s OSH officer will identify, document and where possible eliminate hazards to employees.
8. Sharks Sports Trust Staff must make themselves familiar with the Hold-Up Procedures. (see attached form).
9. Sharks Sports Trust will ensure all employees are given the opportunity to be involved in developing procedures to comply with the Act.
10. Sharks Sports Trust staff should ensure no action or inaction by an employee at work harms any other people.
11. Sharks Sports Trust staff will check the area over where an event is being held in advance. All OSH standards that apply at Sharks Sports Club also apply to a rented venue, so long as Sharks Sports Trust has paid staff there. This puts the onus on Sharks Sports Trust to be satisfied that all hazards have been identified and either eliminated or minimised. The owner of the venue should be able to provide this information, but if not the onus is on the Sharks Sports Trust event organiser.
12. Sharks Sports Trust staff must record all accidents in the ACCIDENT REGISTER. Following an accident the OSH Officer will investigate the accident and where possible take the necessary steps to prevent further occurrences.
13. Any serious harm accidents will be reported by the OSH officer to the Department of Labour. (Serious harm includes any condition which results in the person having temporary or permanent loss of bodily function, eg respiratory disease, vision impairment, laceration, bone fracture, amputation of body parts, burns, loss of consciousness or hospitalisation for more than 48 hours within 7 days of the injury.)
14. All Sharks Sports Trust employment contracts will make provision for compliance with the Act.
15. Emergency information for all employees and Sharks Sports Trust tenants (voluntary) is to be kept confidentially on file in the Chief Executive’s office.

Commonly Identified Hazards

• Slippery floors
• Loose mats
• Glass doors/windows
• Heat / sun and dust
• Wind / Rain and humidity
• Noise / lighting / ventilation
• Stress
• Power points – broken or incorrectly placed
• Stairs – steep, broken and lack of hand rails
• Steps / edges – tripping, slipping problems
• Shelving – incorrect staking and inadequate storage
• Heavy weights – for lifting and storage
• Ladders – scaffolds – incorrectly used
• Electrical equipment
• Leads
• Guards
• Maintenance
• Temporary partitioning
• Photocopiers, heat, fumes and usage of
• VDU – set up and work process (including chairs)
• Housekeeping and rubbish disposal
• “Pressure to perform”
• Alcohol, drugs
• Client control