We contacted Nigel recently about some of the concerns around moving one particular client at Emily 7 who has to be moved to a lounge chair at least once a day.
Even though this is done using a portable hoist, staff had begun to notice issues with back strain due to having to pull the client over in order to do this.
Nigel said Multicap’s Workplace Health & Safety Project Officer had been made aware of the issue and is working alongside Aidacare to find a solution to the problem by replacing the wheels on the lounge chair, which should be done by Thursday this week, and with the help of the WHS officer, staff have also been able to establish a process they’re comfortable with that eliminates the manual handling that had been causing back and physical strain.
If you come across any WHS issues like the one at Emily 7, please lookout for everyone in your workplace and make sure you identify the hazard and report it right away to make sure it’s dealt with as quickly as possible before staff or clients are injured.
You can also direct work health and safety issues to your WHS Project Officer, Alana Saward, to raise at the next WHS committee meeting.
You might also have seen that Multicap are calling for expressions of interest to join the Work Health and Safety committee - these committees are an important part of any workplace, allowing staff and management to come together and talk about ways to address any issues and protect everyone’s health, safety and wellbeing.
If you think you’d like to be involved, you should send your expression of interest to management and ask any questions you might have about the committee or the process of joining it.
Remember, health and safety in the workplace is everyone’s responsibility – if you see a hazard, report it!