Master Painters Association Queensland
Master Painters Association Queensland is a Union of Employers and the Peak Industry body for Painting and Decorating.
"Established by Painters for Painters" Master Painters Association Queensland represents the interests of individuals and companies conducting business in the painting, decorating and sign writing trades.
Master Painters Association Queensland strives to encourage and recognise the highest standards of trade craftsmanship and ethical business practice.
- Assist in the interests of its members and their business to ensure the professional standards of the industry are upheld.
- Provided members with the latest industry updates to ensure legislations and OH&S requirements are met.
- Make a valuable contribution to its members and in particular, to the industry as a whole.
- Deliver the highest quality of accredited training and assessments to members, affiliated industry providers, tradesman and the general public within the painting and decorating industry.
Actioning unlicensed contracting and ridding the industry of unscrupulous operators also helps to maintain standards within the building industry.
From June 1, building industry subcontractors will be accountable for any defective work they do, in a change to the existing policy, which has seen principal contractors held responsible for the defective work.
Achieving safety compliance today, is no easy challenge, but the greatest challenge to becoming and maintaining that compliance is consistency, consistently following through on the tasks required, performing inductions (company policies, safe work method statements and basic training i.e. manual handling, hazardous substances & PPE training), toolbox meetings, prestart checks, recording incidents and closing them out, monitoring reports.
Having a monthly checklist of tasks required to be completed is a good idea but needs to be consistently followed through on otherwise the list becomes pointless. Record keeping of the above mentioned tasks is also important, most of that information sits idle and may never be used to any great length, until an incident occurs, then it becomes critical to the business’s defence, as well as proof of how safety is taken seriously within the business.
Below is a great link to a compliance checklist at Worksafe.qld.gov.au if you wish to see how compliant your business is.
Launch of film for supervisors of young workers
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has produced a new film titled ‘The right start: Building safe work for young workers’ for supervisors and managers to highlight the key considerations for keeping young people safe at work in the construction industry.
Young workers aged 15-24 years are injured more frequently in the construction industry than older age groups. Around 700 young workers in construction are seriously injured each year. That’s an injury that keeps them off work for at least five days and could affect their ability to work for the rest of their life.
The new film follows two young construction workers throughout their work days to demonstrate how important the role of supervisors and managers are in designing good work and keeping young workers safe. The scenarios highlight the difference between effective and ineffective work design, by providing:
- induction and training
- supervision and feedback
- support and mentoring
Young workers have a unique risk profile because they are more likely to be:
- still developing intellectually, socially and physically
- not experienced enough to notice when a situation becomes risky
- less likely to ask questions or raise safety concerns
- influenced by the behaviour of their workmates – whether that behaviour is right or wrong
For these reasons, simply telling a young worker what the rules are and asking them to speak up if they have concerns is often not effective. Supervisors and managers should consider how well they manage the safety of young workers by ensuring effective induction and training, providing appropriate supervision and feedback, and using support and mentoring to develop the skills and attitudes of their young workers.
Share the film with the managers and supervisors that engage with young workers in your workplace, which can be found at:
Classified as a high risk activity, performed on a daily basis throughout the country, many fail to pause and consider the task about to be undertaken, one of the reasons we’re faced with such high incident rates and deaths (19 deaths recorded from Jan-Oct 2014 due to falls from heights), is complacency, when a task becomes a part of your daily activities, people begin to view it as covered off, due to the fact that they perform the task on a regular basis and feel confident they have all the bases covered.
This complacency is fairly easily addressed but requires constant monitoring, vigilance and training, on a personal level (as the person working at heights) and from an employer’s aspect, covering your business and your employees.
Every time you perform work in a new environment new hazards and risks are introduced to the standard risks that are always present when working elevated, the difference between going home, going to hospital or the grave can quite often be found in the finer details, taking 10 minutes to run through a simple pre start risk assessment can save a life, regularly discussing/reviewing your Working at Heights safe work method statement with staff or co-workers helps in several aspects; other people bring new and fresh ideas, tried and tested methods, those that perform the work regularly quite often know the risks best but don’t voice them, they just cover them off without much thought or discussion, people don’t always see all the risks before them so an open ten minute discussion can bring these points to the fore allowing to be addressed.
Raising the topic on a regular basis has the benefit of keeping the subject in front of mind, and has the effect of creating a culture around working at heights that many risks are constantly present, hidden risks are always waiting to catch the unwary.
Therefore asking and encouraging staff to remain vigilant is in everyone’s interest. Changing this aspect of working at heights can and does have a long and lasting impact in regards to safety.