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Welcome.

04 Out and about

06 Branching out — Port Hedland 08 A quest for the best customer service 10 Racing into spring 14 Warning systems need careful selection 18 Product cut 22 Safety controls to minimise risks 24 Branching out — Orange 26 Protect groundwater with spill containment 30 Modular first aid kit innovation 34 Safety lifesavers — a different approach to safety cover images: © iStockphoto.com/ARENA creative

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Thrills and spills abound in this issue of Auslec Solutions, which features horse racing, spill management, V8 racing and much more. We have managed to push the press in order to get the mag out to you in time for the L&H500 V8 endurance event being held on Phillip Island, Victoria, which I know some of you will be attending. It promises to be a great event and will, no doubt, provide loads of thrills and hopefully not too many spills. High-risk sports such as V8 car racing require the ultimate in safety protection for the drivers, crew members and the spectators alike. V8 supercar driver Michael Caruso knows this only too well and he is an important part of our new ‘Our Promise? Great Service’ program. Michael has a number of messages for Auslec customers when it comes to safety and one of them is teamwork in the workplace. Full details on Michael’s message and the new Auslec program are included in the article on page 8. Of course, safety issues in the motorsport and horseracing worlds are extreme but can be related back to any type of business, big or small. Businesses must provide a safe workplace for the protection from risk for their workers and the environment. This issue also includes informative articles on visual and audible warning devices and safety switches. Finally, I’d like to congratulate Kevin Baker from Newcrest Mining and Warwick Jones from Barrick, who each won an Apple iPad in our recent reader-feedback promotion at www.auslec.com.au/contact-us/survey.The competition is now over; however, we are, of course, still always happy to receive your feedback and work with you to provide the best in service and product offerings. Keep safe! Robin Norris Chief Executive Officer L&H Group

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Let the endurance season begin

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The L&H500 heralds the start of the endurance season in the V8 Supercars championship. Being held on the popular and picturesque Phillip Island in Victoria, from 16–18 September, the L&H500 is the

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first endurance round in the lead-up to the prestigious 2011 Bathurst 1000. Endurance racing is designed to test the durability of equipment and the endurance of participants over the demanding 500 km

race. The gruelling long-distance race sees drivers swap with their respective co-driver throughout the race and, with average speeds of 172 km/h and maximum speeds of up to 280 km/h, the event promises to be action-packed. Around 1000 L&H Group customers will be attending this year’s L&H500, with 120 of them being flown in from interstate and given the VIP treatment. The VIPs will be staying at the luxurious Silverwater Resort, which is set high on the hills above San Remo, Phillip Island. Over the weekend, guests will be treated to pit tours of the FPR and GRM garages, grid walks, driver appearances and behind-the-scenes tours. CanTeen, ‘The Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer’, is the official charity of the L&H500 event. It will receive a portion of all the programs sold at the event as well as all the proceeds from our roaming fundraising. So please dig deep for this worthy charity.

and about Join our conversation Now that most digital devices have access to Facebook, the social network is growing faster than ever. With over 750 million users worldwide, it’s a great way to stay up to date with the latest news and events across your community network of friends and family. This social phenomenon is now no longer just confined to Gen Xers chatting with their schoolmates. Did you know L&H Group also has a company Facebook page? We have been keeping up with the trends and engaging in rewarding conversations with our community for over a year now. We’ve found it to be a great way to strike up a

dialogue with you, our customers. The site is kept constantly up to date with all things Auslec, including new products, upcoming events, promotions and branch openings. Links are available on the page to all our websites, products of the month and the latest and greatest upcoming events such as the V8 Supercars L&H 500 at Phillip Island. So don’t miss out on all the news, why don’t you join our network of fellow customers and suppliers. To find our page, just search for L&H Group on Facebook.


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iPad winners announced In our last issue of Auslec Solutions, we announced our reader-feedback promotion where we were giving away an Apple iPad 2 to two of our readers for simply submitting feedback about our magazine at www.auslec.com.au/contact-us/survey. We would like to thank all our readers who submitted their feedback, which will be put to good use. But there can be only two winners, and the lucky readers are: Kevin Baker, Maintenance Planner at Newcrest Mining; and Warwick Jones, Senior Project Engineer at Barrick Gold. Congratulations Kevin and Warwick! To claim your prize, please email solutionsmagazine@ auslec.com.au.

and about developments, the projects underway are expected to have a peak workforce of 7000 people. The region also has a strong mining sector with projects including Stage 2 of the Yarwun Alumina Refinery with the inclusion of a gasfired cogeneration facility, a new coal export terminal to be built on Wiggins Island and associated rail upgrades. With all this activity in and around the town, it made good sense that it should play host to the most recent resources and industry expo. The Gladstone Resources and Industry Expo was held in July at the Gladstone showgrounds and provided businesses with the opportunity to meet thousands of decision-makers across the mining industry. Auslec had a stand in prime position at the expo, which gave us a great opportunity to welcome the more than 1500 visitors who attended the event. The Auslec stand was staffed by Gladstone Branch Manager Dylan Yeoman and his staff. Greg Miller, National Mining Sales Manager, and Mike Bennett, National Industrial Projects Manager, were also there to provide support and get the message out that Auslec is more than just an electrical wholesaler.

The service capabilities of the Auslec branch in Gladstone are enormous and with over 40 years’ experience within the region it’s more than capable of handling the burgeoning CSG industry. As the industrial might of the city and region has grown, so too has the Auslec branch, which has expanded its operations to deliver continued best-practice support to its customer partners. The branch facilities are greater than 1800 m² and stock a $1.5 million range of electrical, industrial and safety consumables. Supplying full kits of clothing and personal protection equipment (PPE) to several contractors and projects in the region, the Industrial Projects team has also delivered the more unusual solutions such as containerised turnstiles and generator sets. The Auslec branch is well equipped with the knowledge and supply of the unique and broad product range required to meet the changing face of industry within the region.

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Only a few years ago, the coal seam gas (CSG) industry in Australia was a niche industry consisting of relatively small projects mainly in Queensland. However, with the promise of a cleaner fuel source and the growing demand for energy, the CSG industry has taken off throughout Australia. It’s now a multibillion-dollar industry with many projects underway in Queensland and New South Wales where there are massive untapped reserves of CSG locked deep below the surface. Gas-fired electricity generation is said to be more reliable than renewables at present and therefore provides a good opportunity for Australia’s transition to a low-carbon energy future. The Gillard government carbon pricing policy includes a $10 billion package for renewables but reportedly sees coal seam gas as a key transitional fuel in the nation’s move to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The humble country region of Gladstone, on the central Queensland coast, now finds itself at the heart of this clean energy hub of development. There are currently two large-scale LNG plants that process CSG under construction right now on Curtis Island and another pending final approval. As a measure of the scale of the

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Auslec in Gladstone for the Resources and Industry Expo

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Port Hedland is a dynamic, satellite-

Plant shutdowns at the mining and

community town located in the Pilbara

industrial sites within the region can

Region of Western Australia. Located on

create some more demanding situa-

the ocean, it’s known by the Indigenous

tions for the branch. When some of the

people as Marapikurrinya, which means

large machinery needs an upgrade, a

‘place of good water’ (as told by a

shutdown needs to be performed and

Nyamal language speaker). Its natural

the plant cannot afford for it to take too

deep anchorage port is reported to be

long as it can cost millions. So if the

the highest tonnage port in Australia

plant doesn’t have a part it needs for the

and perfect for the shipment of iron

upgrade, the Auslec branch is expected

ore that is being mined in the ranges

to get it in a hurry. Knowledge of these

inland from the town.

customers’ requirements is expected

Three major business enterprises exist within the Port Hedland region. BHP

and it’s crucial that the branch is well stocked for these situations.

Billiton operates an iron ore processing

“We stock a large amount of prod-

and shipping facility; Rio Tinto Dampier

uct from mining-specific cable ladders

Salt produces industrial salt from solar

to your everyday power point to try

salt ponds; and Fortescue Metals Group

and satisfy all our customer’s needs,”

(FMG) also operates an iron ore facility.

Richard says.

The remote Auslec branch of Port Hedland is run by Branch Manager Richard Bredenkamp. Covering an area of 300 km², the branch looks after customers from industrial, domestic and commercial backgrounds, as well as mining. Richard and his six staff members have a busy and demanding role, often with 10 customers at the counter and phones running hot. The staff, with a collective 15 years’ experience, work well as a team but they also

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have a bit of fun. “We have a Travelling Roadshow every year which incorporates supporting all of the town’s electricians,”

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says Richard.

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Not only is the branch a long way from Perth but some of its delivery locations

“Usually, every second Friday is

can sound scary and weird. Richard says

Branch Brekky BBQ.” The branch

the branch delivers product in the bush

serves bacon and egg burgers to all the

to places such as Hells Crack (Halls

customers who have morning pick-ups

Creek) and Fitzroy (Gondongalong), just

on the day. It gives the staff time to

to name a couple.

have a bit more of a relaxed chat to

“Service is the key to most things,

the customers and the branch often

and up here is no different. It’s very

has a display of gear from one of the

challenging, especially in this environ-

suppliers for the customers to take a

ment, but we work closely as a team

look at and ask questions about the

to accomplish our customers’ expecta-

new products.

tions,” Richard concludes.

Auslec Port Hedland, WA Branch Manager — Richard Bredenkamp Branch/warehouse floor space — 1200 m² Number of staff — 6

P: (08) 9173 3288 E: ausporthedland@auslec.com.au A: Lot 1421 Hardies Street, Port Hedland, WA 6106

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20-30 suppliers in three locations


A quest for the best customer service An exciting new Auslec program has created a huge shift in thinking throughout the whole organisation. The program is called ‘Our Promise? Great Service’. Simply put, it means a stronger than ever focus on customer service.

Research done by Auslec over the past decade has shown that the industry is getting more and more competitive, with products, price and delivery services fairly standard across the board. Rochelle Behnane, Manager – Brand Marketing at Auslec, says:

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had to continue to innovate in order to be

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“When it came down to it, we knew we

experience, but quite another to deliver

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our branches,” says Rochelle. “This new

the preferred choice for customers in the industry. What better place to start than to focus on the one thing that every customer looks for and appreciates – innovation in customer service.” It’s one thing to promote a great customer it, consistently. “This is not just about an extra tagline or new posters to dress program is being rolled out from the top of the business down to each and every staff member. We will be making definitive changes to the way we do business.” A better experience for customers Customer service means different things to different people and the Our Promise program recognises this. This is why the program doesn’t restrict staff to a particular

set of customer service rules and standards — whatever their customer wants or needs our branches are resourced, experienced and able to strive to meet them. This could be as simple as an extra catch-up phone call, a last-minute delivery or a cup of coffee when they walk in the door. It’s a combination of doing the commonsense things well, but delivering new experiences also. Rochelle discussed an instance when the Auslec business considered, ‘Who really provides great customer service?’ “We really struggled to come up with an answer, from any industry. Some businesses could give you an example here or there of how they have gone above and beyond for a particular customer, but we want to do this for every single one of our customers, however big or small, every day.” To do this, Auslec has assessed each area of the business. Rather than focus purely on customer-facing branch staff, the program has considered all its head office processes and the way in which head office staff interact with branches. “We are trying to integrate everything we do as all these processes eventually impact the customer’s experience,” Rochelle says.

An exciting program for staff Auslec staff across the business have reacted positively to the program so far. In fact, many existing staff already deliver the expected level of service to their customers. Rochelle said the program has been great for identifying the high-level service attributes that many staff and branches already provide and making sure this high level is being offered to every customer that walks through the door at every Auslec branch. “A lot of our people do this naturally and we want to promote this fact to our customers. We also need to make sure we identify the great things staff are doing and communicate this to all levels of the business — whether it be to a branch manager, storeperson or within the distribution centre,” Rochelle says. A comprehensive learning and development program has been implemented by the HR and learning teams at Auslec to make it easy for staff to understand what the new customer service expectations are. This also means staff can take part in training programs if there are any areas of the business they need to brush up on.


“ We

believe

in

continually changing and improving what we do — not just getting used to a certain standard and

The program will roll out on an even bigger scale later this year as it visits more and more worksites. “Part of Michael’s program goes through safety wear, and as such, he has a real racesuit that we dress a volunteer in so they can really understand the extent and importance of ensuring they have the right gear to do their job. At the end of the year everyone we’ve visited will be invited to submit examples of what they’ve done to improve safety. The most innovative will win the suit and dinner with Michael as a reward for having great initiative,” says Rochelle. Michael’s continued relationship with Auslec is a great example of the Our Promise vision. “We believe in continually changing and improving what we do — not just getting used to a certain standard and staying there. Thus, we will adapt the program in line with industry needs to make sure that on every level we are providing great service to all we deal with.”

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Our Promise speeds into September Auslec will launch a range of new initiatives throughout the year as a result of its focus on customer service. The official launch of the program was on 1 September and the first 20 customers into each branch for the months of September, October and November will receive a free newspaper. They will be greeted personally and we will be inviting customers to jump online and send us their feedback of how they think we stack up. It’s all about personal touches and being honest about what we do. says Rochelle. Another initiative will be a national focus on customer feedback. “A lot of companies have a suggestion box sitting in the corner,

but many customers are too scared to use it. We will be asking customers if we have met our promise and inviting feedback from them,” Rochelle says. “We’re really pushing for this feedback to come through and promote it as a positive experience — even for staff. If we’re not doing something right, tell us what we need to fix. It shouldn’t be perceived as a failure if a customer gives us the opportunity to do something better.” Auslec’s Supersafe program, headed by V8 Supercar driver Michael Caruso, is also an important part of Our Promise. As an ambassador of the Supersafe program, Michael brings an important safety message into the workplace for Auslec customers. “Teamwork is an important part of safety within Michael’s workplace and also within the workplace for many of our customers,” says Rochelle. “As our ambassador, Michael visits worksites across a range of industries such as manufacturing and mining. He takes people through a day in the life of a driver and what goes into building a great car so he can achieve his objectives in the safest possible way. His safety messages easily relate back to their workplace.”

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Rochelle says Auslec boasts some of the most experienced and knowledgeable staff within the industry and the new program has involved identifying their key attributes and giving everyone the opportunity for training. “Our learning and development team has been working closely with branches to understand the importance of service and the way everything needs to relate back to what the customer needs. This has to become the priority in everything we do,” she says.

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Hollie Roberts, Racing Queensland

Australia’s eyes are now turning to Melbourne as the city moves into the thick of the Spring Carnival. We all know that on the first Tuesday in November the nation is glued to The Cup, but horseracing in general is an extraordinarily exciting sport.


stands packed with punters standing and cheering for their horse, corporates enjoying it all from fully catered boxes, and world-class thoroughbreds parading in the highly manicured gardens of the enclosure before heading out to the track to give everyone what they came to see. The Spring Carnival highlights everything that is good about racing during the Melbourne Cup Carnival week. Derby Day kicks off the week at Flemington. This is the day for racing diehards. These types of days are for those whose main priority is what’s happening on track. Racing purists enjoy the feature racing on offer. Next is Melbourne Cup Day, which is the type of day that your once-a-year punter is crazy not to be all over like a rash. Like State of Origin, what else is there to talk about on this day? Ladies Days are always popular at racecourses around Australia. Where the girls go, so do the guys. And so, too, on the Thursday after Melbourne Cup, the lustworthy grounds of Flemington play host to thousands of beautiful women on Oaks Day. Fillies swarm trackside, not only to cheer home a winner, but also to indulge in the glamour and excitement on offer. Some are chasing a winner, some the extravagant Fashions on the Fields prizes and some are just chasing, well, perhaps a well-groomed electrician who’s having a lucky day on the punt. This, in a way, leads us to the final day in the week’s celebrations, the Emirates Stakes, which is traditionally a great fam-

ily day out. Fond memories are formed as children spend a day with their family watching the majestic equine creatures make their way around the course. Similarly, country racing provides entertainment in bundles for the family day out. Ultimately, racing is a business, and it also provides an opportunity to conduct business. Increasingly, corporates are taking the reins to wine and dine their clients at the races, with the day’s entertainment taken care of on the track. Racing still plays a strong role in today’s society and is up there with the football codes in terms of attendance each year. Race clubs play an important role in contributing to the community. Many in the industry say racing is a drug and once injected into your veins it’s difficult to break free. Several take the next step of delving into the wonderful world of racehorse ownership. Few things in life can match the thrill of watching your own horse win a race. You can partake in racehorse ownership as a sole owner, as one of up to 10 people or as a member of a syndicate. Magic comes to the Gold Coast in January with a flurry of colour and tons of excitement in the form of Magic Millions. This sales celebration brings people from all over the world to see the finest in racing progeny on offer. It’s hard to resist seeing the yearlings in the flesh, bred from the nation’s top equine athletes. You then have your own trainer to teach the young horse and get it ready to hit the track.

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From the once-a-year country meetings, to the local provincials, to the glorious Group 1 racing, it’s a sport where everyone can get involved. Horseracing plays a huge role in our country’s history; towns were founded on racetracks. As one big country town, many Australians are very horse-minded so an interest in the sport comes naturally. We’ve just come off the back of the Queensland W inter Racing Car nival where Brisbane enjoyed the spectacle of superstar mare Black Caviar’s 13th straight victory. Tens of thousands of punters stepped out to see the young beauty. She slipped and slid around the Doomben home turn, but when she took her rightful place at the lead, the crowd roared as they witnessed history. The packed grandstand harked back to days of yesteryear. Queensland plays the perfect host to winter racing. Cool enough for winter fashion but warm enough to enjoy a glass of something sparkling or cold ale. Racing now warms up towards the top echelon that is the Spring Racing Carnival. We go from the clockwise racing in Queensland and spin around to see Victoria show us the best of the best. It’s when the cream of the racing crop congregates to fight for the top race titles. Racetracks come alive with colour, from the jockey silks to the stunning fashions on the field. Punters study the top-class fields extensively and their eyes glance over the biggest names in Australian racing, such as Black Caviar, Bart Cummings, Gai Waterhouse, Glen Boss and Damien Oliver. They are all here for one thing … to take Group 1 glory. A weekend doesn’t pass without a ‘black type’ feature race, so many a happy racing connection walks away with the top prize money. Apart from the excitement of horseracing, racegoers can also look forward to an array of entertainment and activities. The sights of a Carnival race day are something to behold. The sprawl of marquees across the lush green lawn, fashionistas in stunning dresses and outstanding hats and fascinators, men dressed to the nines in suits and ties,

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Racehorse ownership is a hobby, but for some lucky owners it has become a lucrative hobby. Owners have the opportunity to get amongst the grit and glamour of racing. They’re there in the mounting yard with their trainer, their jockey and their horse. And they’re there when their horse crosses that post. It’s a picture that is perfect for the imagination, and an imagination that can easily be turned into reality. Laurence Eales, owner of the one of Australia’s largest equipment hire firms EA Hire, built his business from the ground up and soon found his way into the racing industry. His goal was to win a Melbourne Cup and he achieved that elusive pinnacle in 2009 when his horse Shocking won the race that stops a nation. Eales now jovially states he’ll have to try something else. “Get into greyhounds or something,” he said. His first foray into horseracing was the path taken by many, a syndicate. “When I first got in the industry I had a little bit of a dabble in

a syndicate and won,” said Eales. “It’s a good way to test the water and it’s even better if you can get a group of friends together just to get in there and test the water for sure.” The winning feeling is not restricted to the nation’s top races. Every day, owners in all corners of the country experience the elation of seeing their horse pass that finish post. “I think winning any race, whether you’re out in the country or in the city, it’s a fantastic experience. It’s a bit of fun to have a horse win anywhere,” Eales said. “I enjoy the industry, the people in it, plenty of characters. It’s a challenge, it’s fun and it’s a bit of a sideline from work.” We all look forward to the weekend and looking forward to seeing your horse run would be an added bonus. The Melbourne Cup winner’s advice to anyone thinking about taking that next step into ownership is simple: “Don’t hold back. Get into it.” For more solutions, please visit www.auslec.com.au or contact your local branch.

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Safety in racing

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Horse racing is a thrilling sport. That thrill comes from a 50 kg jockey manoeuvring a 500 kg animal at phenomenal speeds. Hence, safety in the sport is paramount. Ask any jockey though and the vast majority will say the greatest improvement to racing in recent times is safety. A number of initiatives have been introduced by the sport’s governing bodies to ensure the safety of both the jockey and horse. Safety vest The rider safety vest was only introduced in 1998 and has been an important tool for jockey safety. Should a fall occur, it is a protector against the horse trampling the rider and their introduction has saved possibly numerous lives already. Skull cap The rider’s skull cap has also undertaken several technological improvements over the years. It is one of the most essential assets in rider safety moving on from the once papier-mâché-like helmets to today’s life savers. Running rails Plastic running rails have been introduced at many tracks in Australia including

New South Wales metropolitan tracks, Doomben and the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, and most Melbourne TAB tracks. The plastic running rail improves safety by using collapsible upright rails. Should a jockey or horse fall onto the rail, it will fold rather than the jockey or horse’s body taking the impact. Barrier safety At the start of the race, the barriers area is risky and modern barrier stalls are equipped to increase the safety and comfort of horse, rider and barrier attendant. Increased padding and structural improvements have aided the frantic race starts to become calm, efficient and smooth running. Noise is reduced by the padding and the air compression starts, hence calming the horses. First aid Racing officials such as stewards and trackwork supervisors all undertake first aid accreditation so they can assist immediately should an accident occur. Horseracing officials have an increased appreciation for WH&S for participants and officials.


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Warning systems need careful selection

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In an environment where hazards are a normal part of working conditions, such as quarry and coal mining or oil, gas and petrochemical production, the selection of appropriate visual and audible warning devices is critical to day-today operations. Naturally, the ambient setting plays a large role in establishing the correct type of device to be used, as do applicable international and national standards, which can see these devices incorporated into a standard commercial fire and evacuation system.


The selection of a suitable warning system is determined by a number of factors, namely, the size of an area, the presence of ambient noise, whether the site is indoors or outdoors and exposure to dust or corrosive elements. Conditions vary from industry to industry and can be very site-specific. In the case of explosive environments, strict standards also apply. Neighbouring environments also require consideration. As space becomes a premium, even in a country the size of Australia, it is not uncommon for multiple heavy-industry facilities to be located relatively close to one another. Additionally, the rezoning of urban districts into mixed-use housing and light industry means that the impact on local residents also has to be taken into account. There are a huge number of warning devices available on the market, as well as legal compliance issues, so determining the appropriate choice poses a number of issues. Available technologies are broadly categorised into three groups: sounders (audible technology), beacons (visual technology) and combination devices which feature both. They are further classified according to their application: harsh, standard commercial fire or hazardous environments such as petrochemical production. In the presence of so many competing external influences, it is imperative to accurately ascertain the specific needs of a site when undertaking device selection.

to the speaker stack. The same principle applies in a warning situation — the lower the frequency, the further it will travel. Conversely, when industry is located

Sounders Sounders provide an audible warning signal in times of crisis when action is required or to indicate a change in conditions. In the case of an open quarry, for instance, the surrounding environment presents a number of challenges to appropriate selection; noise from trucks and blasting, as well as the sheer size of the space, mean that it can be difficult to implement an effective audible warning system. Sounders used in this type of application are competing with up to 70 decibels (dB) in ambient noise and need to travel to distances of up to 1 kilometre. To be effectively heard, a sounder needs to emit a warning tone around 10-15 dB above the surrounding noise level and to travel long-range distances requires a low-frequency tone. Consider a live music environment — you can almost ‘feel’ the bass, even when you’re not standing next

facility less than 100 metres away, also

close to a residential environment, in the case of machining for example, it is appropriate to use a higher frequency tone to eliminate the likelihood of nuisance to the surrounding area. A high-frequency pitch will ensure that all personnel within 30-40 metres can adequately hear and react, yet neighbouring properties 100 metres away are not affected. With the exception of certain national and international standards (such as fire evacuation), tones are self-selectable and a sounder will generally provide up to 48 options to the user. The use of standard tones can present a problem in some cases, however. Barry Aulfrey, National Industrial Notifications Account Manager for Cooper Industries, cites an instance where proximity to other industry represented a significant challenge in terms of audible technology selection and implementation. “Our client operates a coal loader facility, which runs 25 conveyors at once, so it’s necessary to know which conveyor is starting or stopping, or when a situation arises that requires intervention,” he says. “Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue, as the customer would select the tones that best suited the surroundings and apply them. In

running 15 loaders. Confusion can easily arise if the tone selected at one location means something completely different at the other. For instance, an audible alert that conveyor number seven is stopping

this could lead to unnecessary and costly

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at location one could signal an evacuation

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this case, however, there is a bulk handling

downtime in an industry that relies on

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requirement at location two, depending on the tones selected by each user. Obviously,

continuous operation.” In this situation, the solution is to provide a programmable sounder, permitting the client to tailor the tone or message to avoid confusion with other sites. Barry continues, “We overcame this problem using a custom voice sounder message, which literally announces which conveyor is starting or stopping, or when some type of intervention is required. Under this


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Beacons Coloured signals are commonplace enough in everyday life; red means danger or stop, amber means beware, green means go. Similarly, in an industrial environment, beacons provide a visual warning of current conditions or required action; red is used to signify dangerous conditions and amber can indicate a change which may require intervention, such as rising pressure. Green means that a site is running normal conditions and blue is typically a floating signal that can be used to denote a number of different things according to different industries; it may indicate that a clean-up of a chemical spill has been carried out to the point where personnel are now permitted back into the affected area, for example. Clear beacons are generally used to light an egress path as part of an evacuation plan. Given the importance of these signals, instant visual comprehension is crucial and, as with sounders, the effectiveness of a visual warning is determined by its ability to perform under certain conditions. The presence of bright sunlight, dust or smoke haze can impede visibility, representing a challenge to the effectiveness of a warning. Until relatively recently, the use of traditional lamps (Xenon and filament) in beacons was common. The advent of LED lamp technology has resulted in a range of brighter and more effective signals, which easily outperform the conventional approach and boast a significantly longer lamp life. The Cooper Industries Enhanced Visual System (EVS) range of products incorporates LED technology and provides a safer option through increased visibility. Barry Aulfrey explains, “In an industrial environment, evacuation muster points typically feature a flashing beacon. If the location of that beacon is in full sunlight, or subjected to smoke haze, the effectiveness can be dramatically decreased when the device utilises a halogen lamp, for example. The EVS range features LED lamps, which can cut through smoke and

Clear beacons are generally used to light an egress path as part of an evacuation plan.

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approach, the likelihood of confusion and corresponding unwarranted action on the other site is completely negated. We are certainly seeing more requirement for this type of functionality, as heavy industry competes for space,” he concludes.

dust haze to about 300-400 metres, as well as provide full visibility in sunlight,” he says. “We’ve also done substantial research and development in terms of the flicker pattern of the signals and determined the optimum rate for detection by the human eye, no matter where the device appears in a person’s peripheral vision. In times of crisis, that enhanced capability can save lives,” Barry concludes. Combination signals Combination devices contain a sounder and beacon in one device and are mainly used when there is concern that an accident could lead to power failure. The dual functionality of the device makes them perfect for use where hearing impairment is a consideration or in the presence of any impediment to detection of auditory or visual signals alone. Construction and environment In addition to the specific environmental factors already covered, the physical location of a device also provides guidance for selection. Obvious factors include interior versus exterior use, exposure to corrosive conditions, such as an offshore oil or gas facility, and hazardous locations including petrochemical production. Certain hazardous environments are heavily regulated and equipment selection will be determined

by adherence to specific standards, such as the Explosive Protection Standard for Electrical Equipment, which is applicable in underground coalmining, for example. The Ingress Protection (IP) rating of a device is also an important indicator of suitability. In the case of Cooper Industries products, all units are rated 6 (the highest) for dust and at least 5 (of a possible 8, indicating fully submergible) for water. All equipment is designed for a harsh environment, regardless of its ultimate application. Additionally, the products are designed with finger-proof terminals, minimising safety risks, as there is no way to make contact with the working parts of an energised device. The probability of tampering is reduced as most units require the use of specialised security tools to physically open and make adjustments to tones or flashing signals. While many manufacturers focus on one or two of the three key areas (Harsh Environment, Standard Commercial Fire or Hazardous), Cooper Industries has a solid reputation in all three, providing robust, customisable products and solutions to meet the requirements of stringent standards and directives, across of a range of heavy-industry applications. For more solutions, please visit www.auslec.com.au or contact your local branch.


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LIGHTNING AND SURGE PROTECTION

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Protect your facility from surge and lightning events with the VALMS 385. For protection of three phases, the device is based on high-capacity varistors and ready to connect. It is designed to handle surge currents up to 80 kA per phase and comes with optical status indication and remote floating indication.

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INDUCTIVE SENSORS The ifm electronic GF and GG series fail-safe inductive sensors are fully compliant with the latest standards. Not only are they compliant with Performance Level d to ISO/EN 13849, the sensors are also certified to IEC 62061 SILcl2 and comply with IEC61508 to SIL2. The GF and GG types come in M12 and M18 housings respectively. Both are standard inductive sensors but come with full internal diversity, redundancy and monitoring circuitry. Each has two solid-state outputs, or OSSDs, and will therefore connect to a suitable safety input (PLC, relay etc) in the same fashion as other, familiar safety devices.


Temporary fence barrier Crowd-Q is a system of portable interlocking freestanding fence panels for crowd management. Crowd-Q is manufactured from tough and lightweight moulded polyethylene in hi-vis safety orange. Maximum panel openings of 80 mm ensure small children are unable to climb through or under. Other features include stacking dimples, built-in reflective panels and low-profile feet that rotate for transport or stacking. The panels link together to create continuous barricading for festivals, parades, sporting events and worksites. Optional forklift stillages holding up to 14 Crowd-Q panels make handling and transporting simple and efficient.

CABLE GLAND RANGE

HAZARDOUS AREA SWITCHING NHP’s range of Australian-made emergency-stop trip-wire switches from Austrol is available in both an IP65 and IP67 protection class. The switches combine rugged construction (cast-aluminium housing) with non-ferrous components throughout. Features include: flag indicator and padlocking facility supplied as standard; single- or double-sided operation; operational window for external adjustment; and fail-safe mechanism including removal or breakage of either wire. All operating shafts and springs are stainless steel and compliant with AS 1755-2000/AS 1939-1990.

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The Nicote Metal Cable Gland range has IECEx and ANZEx certification for the Flameproof and Barrier glands for SWA cable. These glands have Type Ex d and Ex tD protection. Nicote glands are suitable for the mining, processing and other heavy industrial markets in Australia.

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Sensors with RFID safety The RSS 36 electronic safety sensor from Schmersal, with unique diagnostic ability, meets the requirements of PL e, SIL 3 and Category 4. This safety integrity can even be achieved when up to 31 devices are series-wired. The device features actuator coding functions through integrated RFID technology. Three different levels of coding variation are available and optimal conformation has been achieved to protect against tampering. The universal mounting features and optional magnetic latching function provide for a smooth and hassle-free integration into most safety-guard applications. An IP69K version (to DIN 40500-9) is also available.

SAFETY GLASSES

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The Fluke 365 AC/DC clamp meter has a smaller, detachable jaw with 1 m of cord. The small jaw gives access to tightly packed wires, while the detachable function allows the user to easily read the display, which is especially helpful when dealing with high or hard-to-reach places. Capable of measuring to 200 A, AC or DC, the unit delivers advanced signal processing for accurate and repeatable readings. Other features include: 600 AC and DC voltage measurement; true-rms AC voltage and current; 6000 Ω resistance measurement; built-in flashlight; compact design; and CAT III 600 V safety rating.

3M’s Light Vision II safety glasses have lights mounted on each temple to provide handsfree task lighting. The LED system provides ultrabright beams that swivel and adjust for directional convenience. The polycarbonate lenses protect against UV and impact at extreme temperatures. They feature 3M’s DX anti-fog coating. The wide coverage wraparound design protects against flying particulates. For additional comfort, the frame has rubber temples and rubber nose pads. Light Vision II has an AS/NZS1337 mediumimpact rating. The LED lights have a long battery life of up to 50 h and the glasses come with a microfibre bag and lanyard.

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Floor marking tape Brady’s ToughStripe Floor Marking Tape is designed to withstand forklift traffic and is said to require fewer lifts and has fewer tears than other tapes. This could mean that less time and money is spent replacing damaged floor tape. The tape has the same visibility as painted floor markings and can be quickly applied by one person.


Safety controls to minimise risk

Australian OH&S Acts stipulate that both hazard identification and risk assessment must be carried out to identify and minimise risk in the workplace; and yet, every year, workers are injured and even killed by machinery in the workplace. Safety controls play an integral part in preventing the risk to human harm from various hazards that inevitably exist in the workplace. Any plant that uses machinery must completely consider the design of an entire safety system in terms of the risks and the hazards that may exist. Hazards come in all forms; the challenging part in most instances is keeping a manageable list together of the hazards that exist. Hazards that are likely to cause injury or, in the worst-case scenario, death must be eliminated or dealt with by putting controls in place to reduce the risk. Various safety products and engineering controls are available on the market and when installed correctly in conjunction with appropriate monitoring devices go a long way to preventing both minor and major injuries in the workplace.

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Understanding the risks A common misunderstanding for some individuals when it comes to the use of individual safety control components, such as safety switches, gate/guard interlocks, light curtains and alike, is that when installed they alone are capable of offering a complete, safe system of control. However, safety systems comprise many components, and while an important

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a complete safety system goes back to the understanding of the risk of hazards that could result in injury, and what measures are required from the safety system involved to best prevent the risk of human harm. It is often necessary to involve specialist safety consultants to perform what is known as a safety audit. These consultants are able to produce a documented report that will guide the workplace in terms of the needs


to meet OH&S requirements and the safety

out maintenance and commissioning works

that is required. Safety control system installa-

standards involved, and provide an under-

on their plant machinery.”

tions require the evaluation of risk and hazards

standing of the level of risk and the type

Auslec customers have accessed various

involved in line with the Australian standard

of safety system that would be required.

Schneider Electric PREVENTA safety switch

AS4024.1 to establish the category of risk.

Additionally, these safety service providers

products over the years, with one of the most

The table in Figure 1 shows a risk graph that

will often come back after the installation is

commonly used devices being the solenoid

can be used to determine this risk category.

complete and verify that the site or machine

activated gate switch. Picture 1 shows how

“Almost every safety control system has

now meets safety requirements.

the device is typically installed in an application.

the inclusion of emergency stop (e-stop)

is conscious of the growing needs of industry to meet OH&S workplace requirements and by continuing to increase its safety products offering is able to further support Auslec’s customers’ growing needs in this important area. Paul Morton, Product Manager – Sensors at Schneider Electric, said the company released a new range of Electroslim safety interlock switches for machine gate and guard access at the end of August. “The new slim design of the Electroslim safety interlock switches combined with left- and right-side, all-in one opening options allows for easier mounting,” says Paul. “Another key feature on both the metal and plastic versions is the inclusion of a manual key for locking and unlocking. The lock/unlock feature can add to the protection of workers by limiting the risk of accidental machine starts while personnel are carrying Picture 1: Solenoid activated gate switch

Evaluating the risk As pointed out previously, the safety interlock switch alone does not offer a complete safety control system. As seen in the picture, there is also the inclusion of a fenced area. While not seen in the picture, there would no doubt be additional safety switch devices involved as well as either safety monitoring relays or a safety PLC tucked away in an electrical control cabinet. The situation shown in the picture would most likely be assessed as a category 4 risk. This means that the risk of human injury would be major, hence the solenoid gate guard switch and fenced area to stop access while the machinery is in operation would be likely deemed as necessary inclusions. When companies are selecting safety control equipment, they will need to understand the level of risk and the degree of protection Figure 1

switches; however, new safety emergency stop switches have come a long way from the early, simpler, e-stop designs,” explains Paul. “Emergency safety stop switches include multiple contacts with a force-guided mechanism to prevent failure due to contacts sticking or welding.” Safety trip wire switches offer similar features but use a fixed-wire rope connected from one end of the machine to the other. They can be triggered at any point along the machine via the pulling of the wire. These safety trip wire switches allow access where an individual emergency safety switch may not be accessible. Safety trip-wire switches also trigger in the event of the trip wire breaking. These types of safety trip wire device are found in factories with long machine and process systems such as printing press lines, transfer machines and, in the mining industry for coal conveyor lines. The operator must be able to trigger the stop function at any point within their working area and these types of switches offer this functionality. It is important that all electrical equipment be installed, operated, serviced and maintained by qualified personnel. Any qualified person designing electrical machine equipment safety system requirements and standards

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The process to determine the needs of a complete safety system goes back to the understanding of the risk of hazards that could result in injury, and what measures are required from the safety system involved to best prevent the risk of human harm.

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Starting from the simplest emergency stop button to solenoid-activated gate switches, right up to programmable safety controllers, Schneider Electric, through Auslec branches right across Australia, offers reliable, costeffective and long-lasting safety products, which are compliant with all major international and local safety standard requirements. For more solutions, please visit www.auslec.com.au or contact your local branch.


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Orange, in the Central Tablelands of New

He explains that the mine site couldn’t

South Wales, is known for its brilliant

risk being shut down by an outbreak of

seasonal changes; after all, it is the ‘colour

illness, so the hand-cleaning product was

city’ of Australia. It’s also hard-rock mining

purchased to mitigate this risk.

territory and the Auslec Orange branch,

“We mainly focus on electrical/indus-

which is managed by Michael Bowtell,

trial equipment, but we’re no slouch in

knows this industry well.

safety equipment either,” says Michael.

The Auslec Orange branch has been

The vending machines, mentioned earlier,

operating for more than 50 years and

were not purchased for snack food but

Michael’s team of five staff have a total

for stocking fully compliant personal

of around 55 years of experience with the

protection equipment (PPE). Michael

group but much longer in the industry.

explains that for equipment, such as

The staff at the branch have a depth and

safety glasses, it’s a good way to keep a

wealth of knowledge in electrical, safety

stock of compliant equipment at a mine

and industrial, including many years of

site. Without it, the mine site runs the

hands-on experience.

risk that it may have to send a worker

Servicing a wide area in the central

home if his/her safety goggles break and

west of NSW, the branch supports the area 150 km west out to Parkes, about 80 km east out to Lithgow and 20 km south. It also currently covers as far north as Cobar, which is around 450 km away. “However, a new branch is opening there soon,” adds Michael. “Orange is home to the peaches and cream of the hard-rock mining industry,” says Michael. Mines in the area are rich with gold and copper, as well as some of the other rare earth minerals such as lead and silver. The branch runs training courses

a compliant replacement cannot be found.

in medium-voltage termination, which

“LED lighting on the industrial side is

Michael explains has been very popular

a growing area at the moment,” says

with his customers. Having staff trained

Michael. The Orange branch has been

on this equipment can be extremely

involved in developing LED products that

important at a mine site and can even

suit mining sites and then testing these

save time and increase safety on the site.

products to make sure they work. The

Michael can recount a long list of unu-

branch does its own research as well as

sual requests. From sourcing underwear

sourcing and testing the products that

and bath towels, which are usually used

are particular relevant for the hard-rock

for emergency response kits, to truck

mining industry. “At the moment, we are

wash and vending machines, nothing is

working on a fluoro light that can work

too unusual for the branch. It’s all about

underground and will save time on setting

understanding the needs of the customer.

up,” he says.

“During the swine flu outbreak, we had

The Auslec Orange branch takes

to supply a whole pallet of hand-cleaning

pride in making sure it supplies the right

product for one client,” says Michael.

products for the application.

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LIMIT SWITCH

The 3M Sound Detector SD-200 is a compact, lightweight sound level meter designed for accurate measurement of workplace noise levels. Its intuitive design makes it easy for users to measure sound levels and determine the degree of hearing protection that may be required. Its advanced integration feature computes the average sound pressure level, allowing for more accurate assessment of intermittent sound levels.

With a height of just 116 mm, SICK’s S300 mini safety laser scanner offers flexibility even in the most varied operating conditions. The standard version provides protection of stationary machines such as packaging and robot cells, mobile use on lateral distributors in the pre-zone of a high-bay warehouse, rail-borne transfer platforms for pallets or lattice boxes and protecting the rear or sides of automated guided vehicles (AGV). The remote version is used for more complex safety requirements such as unmanned forklifts and AGV applications. So whether for area protection on stationary machines or for personal protection on autonomous mobile vehicles, the S300 mini features great flexibility, ease of integration and reliability.

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SAFETY LASER SCANNER

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Strengthening NHP’s range of hazardous area equipment, the Steute range of EEx 335 Series and EEx T 356 Series Limit Switches are suitable for a range of applications and are also dual certified across Ex Zones 1 and 2 as well as Dust Zones 21 and 22. Both are available in a zinc diecast, enamelled cover with slow action N/C and positive break contact operation, and a protection class of IP67 (335 Series) and IP65 (356 Series). The additional ability for actuator heads on each of these limit switch models to be repositioned in 4 x 90° steps ensures optimal ease of use and a hazardous area equipment switching solution.

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SELF-RETRACTING FALL PROTECTION Capital Safety Australia’s range of Rebel Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRL) is used for fall protection. With the ability to accommodate up to 140 kg and a sturdy, robust design, the improved ergonomic design is available in either aluminium or composite housing models. Features include: carrying handle for easy transportation; stackable for simple, space-maximising storage; and an impact indicator to ensure the equipment has not been involved in a fall. The range is sharp edge compliant, making it suitable for use in horizontal applications. Options include: nylon web, galvanised or stainless steel and 3.3 to 30 m lengths.


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Once contaminated, groundwater is very difficult and expensive to clean up. The best solution is to adopt pollution prevention and conservation practices in order to protect important groundwater supplies from being contaminated in the first place.

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Workplaces must adhere to a number of critical regulations when it comes to spill containment. Employers also have the responsibility to protect workers from slips caused by hazardous waste spills. Fines for non-compliance of environmental regulations and workers compensation claims from fall injuries can be substantial. Geoff Pratt from PBA Safety says: “It’s your business’s responsibility to know what products are potentially dangerous and provide a safe workplace as well as protect the environment.” PBA Safety distributes the Justrite Eco PolyBlend range of spill containment pallets and bunds. The range is designed to meet or exceed EPA regulations and provide protection for both workers and the environment. Geoff explains that in order to meet EPA requirements in Australia when it comes to spill containment, the pallet must have an oversized sump that is able to capture at least 110% of the largest drum or 25% of the aggregate held on the pallet. Leaks and spills can also be an expensive waste for a business, especially if it’s a valuable product that’s spilt such as pesticide

or hydraulic oil. “One of the objectives of the Justrite system is that it can be used to capture and collect the material that leaks in leak-proof sumps, and then it can be reclaimed for re-use.” Spill collection pallets offer leak protection from drums, pails, batteries or any other container of hazardous or non-hazardous liquids. They are designed to limit worker exposure to hazardous materials and can also save on downtime and sorbent expenses associated with uncontrolled spills. Applications include: large spill centres to catch drips or spills in when collecting or dispensing fluids; goods delivery sites that collect hazardous wastes; safe routine storage of items that could potentially leak such as drums of chemical pesticides and batteries; and portable safe storage of hazardous materials. The pallets and bunds in the Justrite range are made from up to 100% postindustrial recycled polyethylene resin. Twoand four-drum pallets with sump capacity from 250-284 L are available in square or linear styles. Constructed from strong, durable, UV-protected material that is nearly impervious to chemical attack, the pallets

feature seamless construction, wide forklift pockets for easy relocation, oversized sumps and sturdy, removable, self-locating grates. Other accessories include a ramp for easy loading, a containment caddy to move them around and a drum management system with rack storage. Accumulations pallets are also available and are usually used for storage of smaller drums 20–60 L. They have a lower profile to the ground and can be moved around a lot more easily. But Geoff explains: “By joining two or three accumulation pallets together and interconnecting them with piping to the sump, you can build a satellite of these pallets for larger drum storage that meets EPA requirements.” Ultimately, when it comes to spills, your business has a responsibility to provide a safe workplace and protect the environment. Implementing a spill containment system can help you reclaim valuable resources and provide protection against spills that could potentially harm workers and/or the environment. For more solutions, please visit www.auslec.com.au or contact your local branch.


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SURFACE CLEANING AND PREPARATION SYSTEM Kimtech Wettask Wipes are an innovative solution for customers who want to use their own chemical solution to create a presaturated wiper for preparing, cleaning, disinfecting or sanitising surfaces. Designed for use with detergents, water-based cleaners and solvents, the solution is suitable for maintaining the integrity of your chemical solution, controlling costs and improving workplace safety.

BIODEGRADABLE FLOORSWEEP

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The 3M Floorsweep is part of 3M’s range of spill management solutions. It is suitable for indoor and outdoor general liquid spill removal on floors, roads and other hard surfaces. Applications include food processing environments, warehouses and factories. The Floorsweep can be used to rapidly absorb a wide range of fluids, including fuels, mineral oil, hydraulic fluids, coolants and water-based fluids. It is made of a biodegradable cellulosebased material which is presented in a finely divided granular form. This makes it easy to apply and practical to clean up. The Australian-made Floorsweep is available in a 10 kg easyto-handle recyclable polybag and meets Victorian EPA solid waste limits.

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INSULATED HAND TOOLS The Wattmaster range of 1000 volt-rated insulated hand tools helps keep electricians protected at work. The latest insulated range includes: linesman’s pliers, side cutting pliers, cable cutters, long nose pliers, multigrips, cable stripping knives, screwdrivers and socket sets. All Wattmaster 1000 V insulated tools have been tested and approved to IEC 60900:2004 and VDE-GS standards.


INDUSTRIAL SOUNDER AND BEACON The Asserta range of Industrial Sounder and Sounder/Beacon combinations by Cooper is designed for harsh environments such as quarries, hard rock mining and heavy industry. Available in three sound output levels, 105, 110 and 120 dB, the range comes in both 9-60 VDC and 110-240 VAC, up to 42 tones, DIP switch selectable and a standard IP66 rating. The Sounder/Beacon combinations have an efficient Xenon strobe and all units have two- to three-stage alarm input with a voice-message capability.

ARC-FAULT-TESTED PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

SAFETY SPECTACLES uvex pheos safety spectacles have a sleek sporty design and innovative features. The lenses are highly scratch-resistant on the outside and feature permanent antifog on the inside. The advanced ventilation system along the arms works with head movements to provide optimal airflow around the eyes. Compatible with other PPE, the spectacles are available in three side-arm colour combinations, two different lens tints and are AS/NZS 1337.1 medium-impact approved.

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DEHN has developed an arc-fault-tested safety helmet with visor and arc-fault-tested gloves as a part of its personal protective equipment product range which is distributed by IPD. The products help reduce the risk of injury due to an arc fault during work on electrical installations, thus increasing the safety of workers. The products provide a high protection level without compromising on the tactile features of the gloves. All safety devices and equipment from DEHN are manufactured and tested in compliance with applicable IEC standards.

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Innovation is probably not the first thing that jumps to mind when you think of first aid kits. As long as OH&S requirements are met and kits kept stocked, there isn’t much more to think about. That’s not how Paul and Janet Hicks, developers of First Aid Works, saw it. Looking for a career change after 18 years in nursing, they viewed traditional kits as too complicated for the average worker and subsequently developed a first aid system that enables faster response times in an emergency situation. A sensible approach that separates items into individual icon and colour-coded treatment modules, First Aid Works contains all items required to meet with first aid codes of practice, as well as comprehensive maintenance checklists and detailed injuryspecific, first aid treatment instructions. According to Paul, significant resources have been invested into ensuring that the kits meet the needs of a wide range of industries. “We wanted to make the kits as easy to use and understand as possible,” he says. “We believe there is nothing on the market that compares with First Aid Works in terms of design, ease of use and functionality.” The modular approach addresses a number of issues; the use of colour-coding and icons for each module makes them easily and quickly identifiable, including

instances where language comprehension difficulties or colour-blindness could present additional obstacles to quick action. The segmented nature of each module means the risk of contamination is minimised and the comprehensive maintenance checklists ensure that all required items are present and accounted for. Comprising five separate packs, sorted according to the nature of the incident, First Aid Works allows any workplace emergency to be dealt with quickly and effectively. Each kit includes: 1. Burn Module — a range of gels and dressings to treat the injury, prevent further damage and aid in the healing process. 2. Haemorrhage Module — large wound

Paul Hicks, developer of First Aid Works, with National Workplace Class B First Aid Kit.

dressings and bandages for incidents involving significant blood loss. 3. Eye Module — eye-wash bottle and singleuse saline eye-wash sachets. 4. Minor Wound Module — items to treat minor cuts and abrasions. 5. Additional Stock Module — items for general treatment including penlight torch, sharps container, CPR face shield and more. The First Aid Works kits are available in a range of configurations. The National Workplace Class B First Aid Kit complies with all Australian state and territory workplace first aid guidelines and is suitable for construction sites occupied by fewer than 25 people, or other places of work employing 10 to 100 people. The National Class B Kit is available in either a wall-mount format, incorporating a clear front window which permits quick identification of the required module, or a sturdy, hand-carry, nylon bag, giving the user the flexibility to attend directly at the incident location. Kits for other applications, such as car, home or travel, are also available. Replacement modules can be purchased individually, as can single components, ensuring that the kit is always fully fitted out. The full range of First Aid Works kits and modules is distributed throughout Australia and New Zealand by VISIONSafe. For more solutions, please visit www.auslec.com.au or contact your local branch.


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SAFETY LIGHT SYSTEM The Enhanced Visibility System by Cooper has been developed to meet the need for an attention-grabbing flickering light effect. A microprocessor triggers random light effects which make the light output appear extremely agitated. This in turn generates a high attention level even when viewed from the corner of the eye. When deployed in an LED Beacon, the EVS system offers a level of intense signalling, making it suitable for applications such as Muster Point Beacons and safe area warning systems, and providing high visibility in direct sunlight.

DIGITAL ANTENNA SELECTION GUIDE Matchmaster has developed a new software package to help customers and installers with an understanding of digital-ready products and accessories to suit the site that requires updating to new digital-ready antennas and related accessories. The software, called The Matchmaster/L & H Group Antenna Selection Guide, is designed to help you find the best antenna and accessories for your area. It’s free and available at www. matchmaster.tv/?Retailer=landh.

BENCH TOP PROTECTOR

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Kimtech Science Bench Top Protector is suitable for use when you’re dealing with harsh chemicals and delicate glassware as it won’t slide out from under your work. The advanced bench top protector features a polythene backing that: provides maximum slip resistance; creates an effective fluid barrier; resists even harsh chemicals; quickly absorbs spills; and lies flat and remains flat even after drying

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HYDRAULIC PUNCH DRIVER SET Specialised Force is the Australian distributor for the Izumi range of hydraulic knockout punches. The SH10 is a hand hydraulic knockout punch driver set capable of punching up to 104 mm diameter holes in 3.2 mm thick mild steel. Supplied in a robust metal carry case, the SH10 is available as a set with Japanese-made Shark punch and dies for 3.2 mm mild steel, brass, copper and 1.6 mm stainless steel, or special punch and dies for up to 3.2 mm stainless steel and other materials.


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HORN SOUNDER FOR HAZARDOUS AREAS The DB3 hazardous area horn sounder by Cooper MEDC is now IECEx approved for EXD Zone 1 and 2 applications. The unit has 27 user-selectable tones, a ratcheting U bracket for mounting and can be manufactured with the user’s choice of cable entries, resistor options and a voltage range from 12-48 VDC through to 240 VAC. A voice message model is available as well as a mechanical bell tone. The DB3 can be configured into a sounder/strobe option using Cooper’s manufacturing capability and beacons from the MEDC range.

SANITISER WIPES

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Kimtech Prep Sanitiser Wipes are commercial-grade disinfectant wipes impregnated with 70% alcohol. These single-use wipes provide costeffective bactericidal disinfection. The wipes are suitable for use on probes and hard non-porous surfaces in industrial, commercial and healthcare environments.

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Compact lockout padlock The Brady lightweight range of padlocks is suitable for use within energy isolation programs. Features include: 20 g weight, corrosion and chemical resistance, nonconductive, spark-resistant lock body which enhances safety in electrical applications, insulated key chamber to protect workers from shock when the key is inserted, reinforced nylon construction with aluminium shackle, and the keys are compatible with Brady Safety Plus Padlocks. The range is available in nine colours, supplied with two keys, and ‘danger’ and ‘property of’ labels.


ARC-RATED PROTECTIVE WORKWEAR The Huski Blaze and Flame protective clothing range uses a new fabric that is designed for industries working with live power. The fabric is arc-rated, flame-retardant and 100% waterproof. The clothing using this fabric is antistatic and provides arc-protection safety, breathability as well as high day-night visibility. It also features a concealed hood, multiple functional pockets, and all seams are sealed and doubled-stitched.

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Dy-Mark’s Line Marking range provides workplaces with smooth, clearly visible and long-lasting lines. The all-inclusive range assists to create and maintain a safe working environment by clearly marking out areas such as workspaces, walkways and hazardous areas. The product is designed to be used to meet OHS requirements for marking out hazardous areas.

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LIGHTNING AND SURGE PROTECTION P ro t e c t y o u r f a c i l i t y f ro m s u r g e a n d lightning events with the VAL-MS 385. For protection of single phase, the device is based on high-capacity varistors and ready to connect. It is designed to handle surge currents up to 80 kA per phase and comes with optical status indication and remote floating indication.


* Working in the oil and gas industry comes with risk. Personnel regularly engage in tasks that have the potential to result in serious injury or a fatality — if not properly controlled. Many of these tasks can be routine, which can lead workers to become complacent, fail to identify hazards and/ or risks, and lose focus on key control strategies required to stay safe. For Santos, safety is paramount, and the company is continuously seeking to further improve its safety culture and practices. In this initiative, the challenge was to identify Santos’s most significant risks and effectively

The solution In 2010, Santos launched the Santos Safety Lifesavers campaign, which has sought to raise awareness and understanding of the highest safety risks to Santos and its workforce. Lifesavers topics were developed by identifying Santos’s significant safety risks

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communicate and engage with the workforce.

and in consultation with managers and site

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hydrocarbons; driving vehicles; working at

representatives. The Lifesavers are: working with electricity; excavation; working with heights; lifting; confined space entry; working in the heat; management of change; and start-up process safety. Many similar programs have been developed by other companies. In reviewing these, it was evident that many programs were based on ‘golden rules’ that personnel ‘must abide by’, with disciplinary consequences. Santos developed a different approach, with the Lifesaver program focusing on

— a different approach to safety

generating a positive safety culture where people actively raise and discuss safety issues, identify hazards and develop solutions to make the workplace safer. Therefore, the main objective of the Santos Safety Lifesavers was to raise awareness and understanding of significant safety hazards and risks, and assess and review current performance on each of the topics. One month was devoted to each topic, during which workgroups: participated in awareness toolbox talks (in the field and office) — including discussions using presentations and DVD; completed quizzes to help reinforce key information; and completed self-audits to check how well the risk is being managed on site. In addition to the activities, there was a range of promotional activities to maintain awareness on the topic for the month. These included: screensavers with key messages for each topic (loaded onto all Santos computers); posters in all workplaces; table toppers (brief, visual information cards) on all dining room tables and kitchen service areas in all locations (office and field); launch each month on the Santos intranet; personal reflections from Santos CEO David Knox; and displays in key areas (eg, reception, airport). A monthly safety focus has also assisted Santos to reinforce safety fundamentals, which were included in each topic. These included: stop the job if you believe it is not safe; intervene if you see an activity that is not safe; follow all procedures, eg, Permit to Work, operating procedures; identify hazards, assess the risk and ensure con-

trols are in place; use Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), Risk Assessment and Stepback; and be inducted, trained and competent — make sure you have the competency to perform the task. Effectiveness The Santos Safety Lifesavers have been received as an excellent initiative by both site-based, office-based and management personnel. During each month, 600–800 personnel submitted completed quizzes to test their knowledge on the topic. There was an average of 40 site-based audits/inspections completed each month, highlighting improvements to enhance safe operation. The audits/inspections were entered into an electronic reporting program, to track actions and ensure improvements were made in a suitable time frame. In addition, there was increased hazard reporting for each Lifesaver throughout its focus month, indicating success in raising awareness of the topic. Applicability to the rest of the industry The topics selected for the Santos Safety Lifesavers are highly relevant to the rest of the Australian oil and gas industry. The tools and activities could easily be adapted to other companies. Santos has shared material with its contractors, several joint venture partners and industry partners, who have used them to great effect. For more solutions, please visit www.auslec.com.au or contact your local branch.

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