DEFIBRILLATOR ( located at the HUB)
- What is cardiac arrest?
- What are Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)?
- Who can use an AED?
- AEDs as a risk control
What is cardiac arrest?
Cardiac arrest is when a person’s heart suddenly stops pumping.
Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, regardless of age or health and it can happen in any workplace.
A person in cardiac arrest will fall unconscious and will not be breathing normally. This is because blood is not being pumped through the heart to the brain, lungs or other organs.
Different from a heart attack
A cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack. A person in sudden cardiac arrest will fall unconscious and will not be breathing normally.
A person having a heart attack will usually be conscious and report symptoms such as the feeling of pain or heavy pressure in their chest or arms, that may spread to their neck, jaw or back. They may also feel a cold sweat and/or nausea. A heart attack can progress into a cardiac arrest.
Death from cardiac arrest will happen within minutes if a person is not treated. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation via an Automated Electrical Defibrillator (AED) are proven interventions that can effectively treat cardiac arrest.
What are AEDs?
CPR, or chest compressions, pushes blood and oxygen around a person’s body. In many cases of cardiac arrest, the heart is in a rapid, disorganised and irregular rhythm, called ventricular fibrillation. While the heart is still in this condition, its activity is disorganised (quivering) to the point that no effective contraction can occur. An AED sends a measured electric shock (defibrillation) through a person’s heart. When electrical activity resumes, the aim is for the heart to return back to the usual coordinated fashion and effective pumping can occur. An AED will not administer a shock to a person’s heart if it is not needed.
Who can use an AED?
Anyone can use an AED on someone who is suspected of being in cardiac arrest. You do not need specialised AED training to use an AED. When calling triple 000 to seek emergency assistance, the operator will direct the caller to use an AED if it is available.
AEDs use voice prompts and pictures to guide the operator to administer a shock if needed. It also tells you when to stop and restart CPR.
Click on the link below for Manual Handling Training Video : (You will require Internet access and Sound)
The video is presented by Taylor Rose-Law and is produced in the UK. The video is very informative and relative to the techniques used here in Australia and goes through in depth of all the risks and procedures for Manual Handling.
Manual Handling Training Video Link (English) 3mins & 6 secs
MANUAL HANDLING Training Video (Moving Furniture) 5.17 mins
BASIC PRINCIPLES OF MANUAL HANDLING VIDEO
Manual Handling Training “Back to Basics” 3mins & 11 secs
HOW TO USE POWER TOOLS AND HAND TOOLS SAFELY VIDEO
How To Use Power Tools & Hand Tools Safely 18.20 mins
Safe ladder use
Stop and think before you use a ladder. In one year 1668 people aged 65 years and over were hospitalised because they fell from a ladder.
- Read the safety warnings on the ladder and follow the manufacturer’s advice.
- Ensure the ladder is in good condition and fitted with non-slip safety feet. Store it in a dry place to prevent warping or corrosion.
- Place the ladder on dry, firm and level ground that is clear of power lines and exposed electrical wiring, and engage all locks and braces.
- Secure the top of an extension ladder into position before starting work. The top of the ladder should extend at least one metre over the top of the surface it is resting on.
- Stay in the centre of the ladder as you climb. Never lean out too far from a ladder, always work within arm’s reach and be careful when pulling items from shelves, gutters and roofs as this may cause you to lose your balance.
- Only climb to the second rung from the top of a step ladder or the third rung from the top of an extension ladder.
- Two people should never climb the ladder at the same time even if their combined weight is below the maximum weight capacity.
- Never use a ladder if you are alone and cannot get assistance if you have an accident.
USING A LADDER:
When using a ladder there are certain things that you MUST do to ensure your Personal Safety:- view the following video
MANAGING THE RISK OF FALLS IN THE WORKPLACE FACT SHEET:
Click on the VIDEOS below for “Workstation Ergonomics Training :
(You will require Internet access and Sound)
The first video will explain how to set up your workstation assist you in preventing any Ergonomic Injuries. (Time: 3mins)
The Second Video explains the importance of Posture (Time: 5.47 mins)
The third video will show you some exercises to carry out while working at your desk / table etc (Time: 2.25 Mins)
MANAGING THE RISKS OF WORKING IN THE HEAT
This guide provides information on how to manage the risks associated with working in heat and what to do if a worker begins to suffer from a heat-related illness.
People in control of the workplace, such as managers and supervisors, and workers all have duties under WHS laws to manage risks to worker health and safety, such as those associated with working in heat.
This guide is useful for employers and workers in the transport, postal/warehousing, construction and public administration and safety industries, as well as labourers and protective service workers.
WORK, HEALTH & SAFETY (WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE): (You will require Internet access and Sound)
Here is a link to a video that relates to a poem written about safety – “I Chose to Look the Other Way” – this is a very powerful video and re-enforces the understanding that we are all responsible for each others safety . (Time: Approx 4 minutes)
ROAD SAFETY RULES
VW CADDY VEHICLE PREPARATION FOR WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
Watch the Video on the Correct set up and use of a Wheelchair
CODES OF PRACTICE:
MANAGING THE WORK ENVIRONMENT AND FACILITIES CODE OF PRACTICE: