Car parks are an area of high vehicle and pedestrian traffic effectively creating ‘shared zones’.
All parties need to maintain awareness when using the car park and not go into ‘autopilot’.
Signage should provide users with clear instruction on the flow of traffic, location of exits, and what level they are on (in multi-storey car parks).
Risks are associated with vehicle accidents, pedestrian and vehicle accidents, slips and trips and physical assault.
A hazardous chemical does not need to meet the labelling requirements under the WHS Regulations if the chemical is a consumer product with the original label on its container and if it is reasonably foreseeable that the hazardous chemical will be used in the workplace only:
The following example shows how to distinguish between a consumer product and a workplace hazardous chemical:
Toilet cleaner is sold in 750 ml bottles for domestic use and is sold in 20 L containers to commercial cleaning businesses. The 750 ml bottle is intended for domestic use and does not need to be labelled in accordance with the WHS Regulations.
However, it is reasonably foreseeable that, due to the package size of the 20 L product, it would be used in a workplace rather than in a domestic situation. Therefore, the 20 L product must be labelled according to workplace labelling requirements.
Carbon monoxide is colourless, tasteless and odourless, and in poorly ventilated workplaces it has the potential to be undetected and therefore build up to dangerous and even fatal levels.
Carbon Monoxide occurs because hydrocarbon fuels are seldom completely burnt in combustion motors. Poorly tuned or infrequently maintained motors are likely to produce higher and more toxic concentrations of Carbon Monoxide.
Although gas motors using LNG or LPG produce significantly less Carbon Monoxide than petrol motors, caution must still be exercised, particularly in poorly ventilated areas.
Diesel motors produce much less Carbon Monoxide then either petrol or gas. They are less of a problem because toxic diesel exhaust gases are unpleasant to inhale and a hazardous build up is easily identified and remedied.
However, diesel motors should not be run continuously in poorly ventilated enclosed areas.
In general, hazardous Carbon Monoxide levels will not build-up where combustion motors are used outdoors or in open spaces where there is good air movement.