The paper “ Audit of Health and Safety in the Workplace” is affecting example of the assignment on management. The selected workplace is around 170 square meters with a workforce consisting of 6 mechanics, 4 helpers, and 2 office staff. These individuals are full-time employees, working 8 hours/day for 5 days a week. The workplace is divided into three sections – the repair/lift area, lubrication, and the office. The repair and lubrication are equipped with car lift, air compressors, welding machine, A/C service equipment, alignment machines, battery chargers, and so on. Generally, people come to this work to get their vehicle repaired ranging from a simple tire problem to engine overhauling.
During the visual inspection, the workplace appears clean and organized while its employees, particularly the mechanics and helpers are all wearing safety gloves and shoes while performing their work in a well-lighted area. In addition, there are safety signs, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, and the floor is covered with non-slip matting to prevent slips and falls. Whenever a car will be lifted or lowered, the mechanic first asks the customer and other non-technical personnel to leave the area while his helper inspects and secure the lifting clamps.
During under chassis work, both the mechanic and helper wore safety glasses and working with enough space to move and in a comfortable position to view the underside of the car. Industry ResearchAs mentioned earlier, this type of workplace is under the automotive service and repair industry or more generally in the “ Retail and Wholesale” group. There are around 478,000 people employed in this group and 96% of them are covered by WCS or Workers’ Compensation Scheme.
Mostly under 45 years of age, there are 58,800 workers in the vehicle retailing and services covered by WCS and contributing to around 18% of Queensland economy (Queensland Government, 2010a). According to the fact sheets of this industry found in the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland website, the health and safety hazards associated with this type of workplace include hazardous chemicals, compressed gases, flammable and combustible materials, electrical, fire, noise & vibration, slips, trips, and falls, and failure of hoist used for vehicle lifting (Queensland Government, 2010a).
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