Simtars site safety induction

Simtars Redbank - site safety induction

This site safety induction is compulsory for all maintenance contractors and new staff members. You must complete this induction before you first arrive at the Simtars Redbank facility. Please note that visitors are exempt from this induction, as they will be accompanied by a staff member whenever on site.

If you are a maintenance contractor, you must provide a minimum of 24 hours notice before attending the Simtars Redbank site. If you don't provide adequate notice, you may be asked to leave the site and return at a time convenient to Simtars.

Read through the information carefully to ensure you are aware of our policies and procedures. This will help minimise the risk of accidents and injuries onsite.

At the end of the induction, please select the appropriate radio button to indicate the type of induction being submitted.  Maintenance contractors will be required to upload a job-specific safe work method statement (SWMS) addressing all work being undertaken. This is a mandatory upload field and you will need to provide a SWMS or job safety analysis (JSA) before starting work. Accepted formats are MS Word or PDF.  If you don't have a SWMS prepared already, you can use our SWMS template (DOCX, 94.2KB).

If you need more information, call the Team Leader - Facilities & Operations on 0436 646 815 or 07 3810 6329.

Your duty of care

When working at the Redbank facility, you have a duty of care to yourself and others. 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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Access to some areas of the Redbank site is restricted at certain times. Make sure you speak with the Team Leader - Facilities and Operations to get access to restricted areas.

  • Building roofs - no building roof access is permitted without authorisation by management.
  • Propagation tube, dust lab and storage sheds - 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 tasks you’ll be performing and identify any potential additional risks, including those that might not be detailed in your safe work method statement (SWMS).

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 safe work operations

Simtars has a number of risk management requirements for any contractor working onsite.

You must provide a documented assessment of work to us a minimum of 24 hours before you start work. This can include:

  • safe work method statement (SWMS)
  • job safety analysis (JSA).

The SWMS component of this induction is mandatory and you must upload a Word or PDF version of your SWMS or JSA in order to complete the induction form. If you don't have your own SWMS or JSA, you can complete the Simtars SWMS form.

Any SWMS or JSA that you provide is subject to acceptance by Simtars and must be reviewed and signed off by the Team Leader - Facilities and Operations before you start work.

You may also provide evidence of a current workers compensation insurance policy and public liability insurance at the end of this induction, although it is not mandatory.

Work variations

If a safe work method statement (SWMS) needs to be varied after you have started work, you must stop work and discuss this with the Team Leader - Facilities and Operations.

Do not continue work until the SWMS or job safety analysis (JSA) has been varied and you have obtained written approval to continue.

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.

Visitor and contractor responsibilities

To ensure your safety, especially during site-wide evacuations, we require that you sign in and out at Reception whenever entering or leaving the Simtars site.

Contractors must ensure that work is conducted in accordance with the agreed safe work method statement (SWMS), and that their staff are aware of the agreed safe work method and sign off on the document accordingly.

Any variations to agreed work methods must have the prior approval of the Team Leader - Facilities and Operations.

Visitors and contractors must wear their identification sticker badge at all times while onsite. If for any reason the sticker does not adhere to your clothes, you may carry it in your pocket, but you must be able to produce it if a staff member (or Specialised Security Services if working after hours) asks you. New staff members do not need an identification sticker badge if they have completed their induction.

Breaches of procedure

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

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

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

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

Incident reporting

All incidents must be reported immediately to the Team Leader - Facilities and Operations or another Simtars staff member if the Team Leader - Facilities and Operations isn’t available.

Types of incidents include:

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

Equipment safety

When working at Simtars, you must provide a certificate of competence or current licence for equipment such as lifting equipment and forklifts.

If required, use guards (where fitted) and include the details of these in the safe work method statement (SWMS).

Ensure that any electrical equipment brought onsite is tested and tagged within a current date. Any equipment not tested and tagged must not be used.

Do not use any damaged or possibly faulty equipment. If you're unsure, ask the Team Leader - Facilities and Operations to check it for you.

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 onsite
  • undertake an appropriate risk assessment
  • transport and handle the material using safe practices
  • take any unused material away after work is complete
  • properly dispose of any waste or spill.

Working at heights

falling ladder iconRoof access is restricted. The Team Leader - Facilities and Operations 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 safe work method statement (SWMS) or job safety analysis (JSA).

Ladders must be tied off or otherwise secured. Elevated work platforms (EWPs) must be operated safely and licences produced for inspection. Fall restraint gear may be required, depending on the work being performed and the roof being accessed.

Power tools

power drill iconPower tools must be tested and tagged (if not battery operated). When using power tools:

  • ensure the safety of nearby persons
  • ensure you wear eye protection, hearing protection and other personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • use guards where appropriate.

Excavation and isolation

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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 and alert sirens

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We do a range of testing onsite that involves explosive forces and heavy equipment.

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

Just before testing commences, 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 or 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. Tags may be placed by any person. The person who places the tag is responsible for the tag.

Any person finding a loose, undamaged tag, or tag that has not be destroyed, can assume that the tag has been unintentionally detached from the plant/equipment. Please ensure the matter is referred either directly to the person named on the tag or to the Team Leader – Facilities and Operations.

Out of service tag

Out of service tags can be applied by all staff and contractors to identify faulty plant or equipment that has been taken out of service in order to prevent damage to the plant. This tag is an indicator that the plant or equipment is not safe to operate.

Energising or activating plant while an out of service tag is attached may result in damage to plant, or endanger the operator or personnel working near the plant.

Information tag

Information tags are used to alert workers about an aspect of any plant or equipment or general use item that may be relevant to the operation but does not affect the safety of personnel.

This tag is NOT to be used as a personal danger or out of service tag.

Personal danger tag

Personal danger tags are used for tagging all energy sources applying to plant or equipment and must be used whenever there is a requirement that plant or equipment must not be started or operated while in use.

This tag is attached to the point, or points, of isolation to provide personal protection by helping to prevent unauthorised or inadvertent operation of plant or equipment that is currently under repair, servicing or maintenance. This tag can only be removed by the person who put the tag on.

Please note: A physical isolation lock must also be used to prevent unauthorised re-energising of the plant.

Energising or activating plant while personal danger tags are attached will place personnel in immediate and significant danger.

A personal danger tag alone must be treated as an isolation point but will not ensure effective physical isolation of plant or equipment.

Barricade tag

Barricade tags are used to attach to temporary barricading to identify the reason for the barricading and the person responsible for placing the barricade.

All temporary barricades are to be fitted with barricade tags. This does not apply to permanent use barricades where existing signage and procedures are in place.

It is important to ensure that barricade tags are placed or positioned to enable anyone approaching the barricade to see the tag and be able to access the tag.

Should a large or extensive area be barricaded, multiple barricade tags will be required.

Temporary barricading is required to ensure the separation of people and a hazard and may be in the form of hazard tape, chains, rope or similar.

  1. Place the barricade appropriately, ensuring that all routes or approach are barricaded.
  2. Complete and place sufficient barricade tags, where appropriate, to ensure that workers approaching will be able to clearly see the barricading and access the tags.
  3. Clearly communicate to all relevant workers what has been barricaded, why and the action has been taken.
  4. Once the hazard has been resolved, remove the temporary barricading and destroy the tag(s).

Isolation locks

Isolation locks are used to secure an isolation point(s) of an item of plant or equipment, protecting against unintended re-energising while work is being carried out on the plant. This is important to prevent injury to anyone who is working on the plant.

Isolation devices can be in the form of:

  • padlocks
  • lockable valve covers
  • cable lock devices or similar.

Isolation locks are required to be:

  • sufficiently durable to withstand the environment in which they are used
  • standardised across Simtars
  • sufficiently substantial to minimise the likelihood of accidental removal
  • identifiable and assigned to a specific person.

Warning: Removing another worker’s isolation lock may endanger the safety of that worker.

Isolation locks can be permanently allocated to a specific person or may be allocated individually on a task-by-task basis.

There is only one key issued for each lock and the key is retained by the ‘lock holder.’

Isolation locks are available from the Simtars workshop supervisor.

Please note: When an isolation lock is used, a personal danger tag must also be placed with it. Individual isolation locks must also be placed by all persons working on the plant.

Removing personal danger tags and isolation locks

Each person is required to remove their own isolation lock and tag from the plant once the work has been completed or at the end of the shift. A worker must not leave site with an isolation lock and tag still in place. If the hazard has not been resolved, the tag must be replaced with an out of service tag.

In the following exceptional circumstances, a Simtars director may authorise the removal of an isolation lock by a person other than the person who placed the lock:

  • It is impractical for the person who placed the lock to remove the lock (e.g. due to injury or illness) or the identity of the person who placed the lock is unknown.
  • The isolation lock is removed by a suitably qualified and experienced person who confirms that the plant is safe to be returned to service or is replacing the lock with their own isolation lock.
  • The director is completely satisfied that there is no danger to any person as a result of the isolation lock being removed and the plant being re-energised.
  • The circumstances of the removal of the isolation lock by another person are documented in a risk assessment and recorded.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

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Because our testing work involves dusts and other hazardous situations, it’s essential that you use and 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

safety shower and eyewash station

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

You may need to use these:

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

To operate:

  • safety shower - pull down on the lever to release water
  • eyewash 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 of, or direction to, emergency-related facilities, exits, first aid equipment, etc.

first aid iconemergency assembly point imagefirst aid icon

Fire-related signs and emergency site evacuation

Red and white signs indicate the location of, 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 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 contact the Team Leader - Facilities and Operations on 0436 646 815 or email simtars.maintenance@simtars.com.au or shannon.rodwell@simtars.com.au.

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