Early next year, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors will assess meat processing (excluding poultry) businesses to raise awareness of health and safety issues and reduce the risk of injury to workers, including labour hire and visa workers.
Meat processing workplaces have a high rate of injuries, and the focus of this campaign is to assess abattoirs (red meat, pork, game meat and pet food), large to medium wholesale/butchers, cured meat and (large) small goods workplaces.
Inspectors’ assessments will encompass a desktop review, followed by a walkthrough and verification of:
- system of work
- consultative arrangement
- hazard, risk management and reporting
- information, training, instruction, and supervision
- hazardous manual tasks
- fixed plant
- working at height and falling objects
- slips, trips and falls
- hazardous chemicals
- hand tools
- biological hazards.
Verification assessments will include discussion with all employees, including labour hire and casuals. Enforcement actions may be taken where uncontrolled hazards and risks are identified.
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