Did you know?
Most accidents in the kitchen are due to carelessness, and nearly 50% involve using blunt knives.
It takes as few as 10 bacteria to make a person sick and on average, the kitchen sponge or cleaning- cloth has 134,630 bacteria. *1
Every day in Australia 11,500 people come down with some kind of foodborne disease. That’s 4.2 million cases of foodborne illness every year.
A reduction in food poisoning of just 20 per cent would save Australia over $500 million a year. *2
*1 Source: Your Kitchen is Trying to Kill You -- Injury Statistics Accessed 14/12/16
*2 Source: Food Poisoning Accessed 14/12/16
What is required in providing first aid?
According to regulation 42(3) first aid requirements will vary from one workplace to the next depending on:
Use a risk management approach to tailor first aid that suits the circumstances of your workplace.
Which fire extinguisher to use?
There are three basic types of fire extinguishers:
Water based fire extinguishers are filled with pressurized water to put out combustible fires originating from wood or paper.
Dry chemical fire extinguishers are filled with a dry chemical that smothers fires originating from gas or oil. Water will not put out these fires and could make them worse.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) fire extinguishers are used to extinguish electrical fires. Powder fire extinguishers can be used for both fat and oil fires as well as electrical fires.
+ Source: CCOHS website link to http://www.gallawayb2b.com/Whats-the-Difference-Between-Dry-Chemical-and-Carbon-Dioxide-Fire-Extinguishers
Most people are familiar with the distinctive smell of gas either LPG or natural. In fact they are, odourless until impregnated with an additive.
Without the addition of an odorant, leaking gas could collect without being detected.
This would create a dangerous condition that could lead to an explosion or fire.
Much research has gone into the science of odorants and Ethyl Mercaptan is almost universally recognised as the best choice.
As a result, it is the most commonly used odourising agent.
The smell of Ethyl Mercaptan is often compared to rotten cabbage. Ref: El Gas http://www.elgas.com.au/blog/654-the-smell-of-safety-odourised-gas
It is important for workers to be aware that this additive may not always be present. In third world countries for example there may be no additive or an unfamiliar additive.
Domestic consumer products (cleaning chemicals) and theraputic goods require labelling under the Poisons Standard and the Theraputic Goods Act 1989 (Cth).
If you are using a domestic chemical in a manner different to normal household use, you should obtain sufficient information about the safe use, handling and storage of that consumer product. It is common practice for manufacturers to provide safety data sheets.
Most of the time it looks, smells and tastes like it normally does. Many people can have allergic reactions to certain foods. These can even be triggered by the odour of the food