Contractor information

Simtars Redbank - contractor safety induction

This safety induction is compulsory for all contractors. It must be completed before work commences at the Simtars Redbank facility.

It’s important that you read through the information carefully, to ensure you are aware of our policies and procedures. Doing this will help minimise the risk of accidents and injury on site.

Please read through the following information. At the end of the induction, you can complete the induction form and upload the required documents.

Note: You'll need to provide a detailed safe work method statement (SWMS) or job safety analysis (JSA) before work can start. If you don't have a prepared SWMS already, you can use our SWMS template (DOCX, 20.6KB). If you need more information, visit WorkCover Queensland or call the Senior Project Officer - Facilities on 0436 646 815 or 07 3810 6329.

Your duty of care

When on our site, you have a duty of care to maximise your own health and safety and ensure your activities don’t affect the health and safety of anyone around you. This means you must:

  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety.
  • Take reasonable care to ensure your actions do not adversely affect the health and safety of those around you.
  • Comply with any reasonable instructions given for your own and others’ safety.
  • Cooperate with Simtars Safety Management System policies and procedures relating to health and safety at the workplace.
  • Use all personal protective equipment (PPE) provided and be trained in the proper use of PPE.
  • Not interfere with or misuse anything provided for occupational health and safety.

Restricted access areas

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Some areas of the Redbank site are restricted at certain times. Make sure you speak with the Senior Project Officer(Facilities) to get access to these areas.

  • Roofs - No building roof access without authorisation by management
  • Propagation tube - Access is restricted when warning lights are flashing and barricades are in place
  • Flameproof testing bays - Access is restricted when barricades are in place
  • Roadways - Signage across site indicates appropriate traffic conditions. Be mindful of forklift traffic and pedestrian traffic

Redbank site layout

Ensure you familiarise yourself with the general layout of the site and the location of your work.

Redbank site map

Potential site hazards

Be aware of potential hazards in certain buildings and across the site.

LocationHazardsExample controls

Workshop

  • Welding
  • Forklift use
  • Machinery
  • Gantry crane
  • Hazardous materials
  • Designated walking locations
  • Chemical management program
  • Responsible and trained staff
  • Safe work procedures
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Laboratories

  • Hazardous materials
  • Asbestos
  • Glassware
  • Sharps
  • Fumes
  • Fibres
  • Safe work procedures
  • Trained and experienced staff
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Responsible officers
  • Extraction systems
  • Fume cupboards

Contractors

  • Contractor site work locations
  • Hazardous materials
  • Machinery
  • Site responsible officers
  • Work method statements

Miscellaneous

  • Vehicles
  • Snakes
  • Snake handler being called to Simtars
  • Safe work instructions
  • Trained Simtars staff

Risk management

risk management icon Before starting work, consider the work you’ll be performing and identify any potential additional risks, including those that might not be detailed in your safe work method statement.

Follow the risk management process:

  • identify hazards
  • assess the risks arising from the hazards
  • decide on control measures
  • put control measures in place
  • monitor and review.

Contractor risk management

Simtars has a number of risk management requirements for its contractors.

  • You must have a documented assessment of work. This can include:
    • Safe work method statement (SWMS)
    • Job safety analysis (JSA)
    • Contractor safe work assessment procedure (SWAP).
  • The SWMS, JSA or SWAP must be provided prior to work commencing.
  • Any SWMS or JSA completed by you is subject to acceptance by Simtars and will be reviewed and signed off by the Senior Project Officer prior to work commencing.
  • If you do not have your own SWMS or JSA, a Simtars SWAP form must be completed by the Senior Project Officer and you upon arrival and sign-in at Reception.
  • You must provide evidence of a current workers compensation insurance policy and public liability insurance policy prior to work commencing.

Work variations

If a safe work method statement needs to be varied after you have started work:

  • Discuss this with the Senior Project Officer (Facilities).
  • Obtain our agreement to the proposed variations to safe work method before continuing work.
  • Modify the safe work method statement / job safety analysis/ safe work assessment form accordingly.

Simtars’ commitment to safety

We are committed to your safety. Simtars will always:

  • Ensure that unauthorised Simtars personnel do not enter your work area.
  • Help you complete safety documentation.
  • Insist that work is conducted safely at all times.
  • Monitor and review contracting works onsite and conduct regular site inspections.

Contractor responsibilities

To ensure your safety on the site, especially during site-wide evacuations, we require that you always:

  • Sign-in and sign-out at Reception whenever entering or leaving the Simtars site.
  • Ensure that work is conducted in accordance with the agreed safe work method statement.
  • Ensure that all your staff are aware of the agreed safe work method and sign-off on the document.
  • Ensure that any variations to agreed work methods have the prior agreement of the Senior Project Officer.
  • Wear your contractor identification tag at all times while onsite.  If you think the tag could present as a safety hazard while performing work, you can carry it in a pocket, ensuring it is readily accessible.

Breaches of procedures

It’s important that your work safely at all times.  We will not allow:

  • unsafe work practices
  • deliberately unsafe actions by contractors
  • unauthorised variations to agreed safe work method statement.

Any of these actions will result in Simtars directing all work to cease until further notice.

Serious issues may result in contractors being directed to leave site until further notice.

Incident reporting

All incidents must be reported to the Senior Project Officer (Facilities) or other Simtars staff if the Senior Project Officer isn’t available, as soon as possible.

Types of incidents include:

  • injury
  • illness
  • property damage
  • near misses
  • hazards.

Equipment safety

When working at Simtars:

  • Provide a certificate of competence for equipment such as lifting equipment and forklift.
  • Ensure that any electrical equipment brought onsite be tested and tagged within a current date. Any equipment not tested and tagged cannot be used.
  • Where required, use guards where fitted and included in the contractor safe work method statement.
  • Do not use any damaged or faulty equipment and ensure it is checked by the Senior Project Officer (Facilities).

Hazardous materials

If you intend to use hazardous materials, hazardous substances or dangerous goods, you must:

  • Provide a material safety data sheet (MSDS) before use on site.
  • Undertake an appropriate risk assessment.
  • Transport and handle the material using safe practices.
  • Take any unused material away after work is completed.
  • Properly dispose of any waste or spill.

Working at heights

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  • Roof access is restricted - the Senior Project Officer (Facilities) must approve any work performed at roof level and complete a formal risk assessment before you attend the site.
  • Details of working at heights training and other relevant information should be detailed in the SWMS/JSA/SWAP.
  • Ladders must be tied off or otherwise secured.
  • Elevated work platforms (EWPs) must be operated safely.
  • Fall restraint gear may be required.

Power tools

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  • Power tools must be tested and tagged (if not battery operated).
  • Eye protection, hearing protection and other PPE must be worn.
  • You must ensure the safety of nearby persons before using power tools.
  • Use guards where appropriate.

Excavations / isolations

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Ensure you consider the risks and follow safe practices when excavating.

An excavation permit is required if excavating > 0.5m.

Consider how you will isolate:

  • electrical services
  • gas services
  • mechanical equipment.

Flashing lights / alert sirens

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We do a range of testing on site that involves explosive forces and other heavy equipment.

This testing will generally be accompanied by a siren blast and flashing light.

Just prior to testing commencing, there will be an intercom announcement to advise site of what and when the testing will take place.

Flashing warning lights are also used to increase visibility of more hazardous areas and plant/equipment during operation, for example the forklift, gantry crane, propagation tube testing (MSTRC) and flameproof test bay (TTCC).

Tags

Different tags are used to provide information about equipment and potential risks.

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Out of service tag

do not operate tag

  • Used to identify electrical or non-electrical plant that is faulty or unsafe.
  • Indicates that the plant has been taken out of service in order to prevent injury to persons or damage to the plant.
  • Indicates that the plant is not safe to operate.

Information tag

information tag

  • Used to alert workers about an aspect of a piece of electrical or non-electrical plant that may be relevant to the equipment’s operation.
  • Draws attention to a particular aspect but does not affect the safe operation of the plant.
  • Examples include:
    • a light meter that is out of calibration
    • a motor with a noisy bearing that requires application of grease daily to bearing before.

Personal danger tag

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This tag is used to help prevent unauthorised or inadvertent operation of plant that is currently under repair, servicing or maintenance.

The tag should be placed by the person identifying when there is a requirement that the equipment must not be started or operated while a person is working on the plant.

  • Used for tagging either electrical or non-electrical plant.
  • Attached to the point or points of isolation.
  • Used in conjunction with a physical isolation lock to prevent unauthorised re-energising of the plant.

Removing the personal danger tag

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  • Personal danger tags must be removed only by the person who applied the tag.
  • Do not leave the site if you have a personal danger tag in place.
  • Before leaving site, remove, destroy and replace tag with an out-of-service tag and hand over to supervisor or manager.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

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Because our testing work involves dusts and other hazardous situations, it’s essential that you use/wear the correct PPE at all times when working at Simtars.

PPE can include any of the following:

  • safety footwear
  • hand protection (gloves)
  • safety helmet
  • eye protection
  • hearing protection
  • height equipment
  • respiratory protection (breathing apparatus).

Safety showers and eyewash stations

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Green and white signs indicate the location of safety showers and eyewash stations.

You may need to use these:

  • in the event of a chemical splash
  • to extinguish clothes fires.

To operate:

  • Safety shower - pull down on the lever to release water.
  • Eye wash station - stand on the foot pedal or pull the tab towards you to release water.

Other emergency information signs

Green and white signs through the site indicate the location or direction to emergency-related facilities, exits, first aid equipment, etc.

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Fire-related signs and emergency site evacuation

Red and white signs indicate the location or direction to the fire-related facilities and equipment.

In an emergency, all staff, visitors and tradespeople on the Redbank site will evacuate on the first alarm tone. We do not wait for the second alarm tone.  

Our marshalling point is the large grass area to the left of the gate located on Montgomery Street.  It is marked with an Assembly Point sign in green and white.  

When evacuating, staff and any visitors or tradespeople on site must make their way to the marshalling point using the safest route possible, making sure to follow the directions given by the Fire Wardens on site.

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If you have any questions, please make sure you contact the Senior Project Officer (Facilities) on 0436 646 815 or by emailing simtars.maintenance@simtars.com.au

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Safe work method statement *Note: Only PDF documents can be uploaded with a max file size of 3MB.
Public liability insurance certificate Note: Only PDF documents can be uploaded with a max file size of 3MB.
Workers compensation certificate Note: Only PDF documents can be uploaded with a max file size of 3MB.
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