The MTA is always focused on safety in the workplace, especially when it comes to the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Last month, a MTA third year Light Vehicle apprentice was removing a radiator top hose when it forcefully hurled away from the spout causing coolant to splash into the apprentice’s eyes. Luckily for the young apprentice, he was wearing correct PPE provided by his host which prevented a certain lost time injury. As we know, coolant can cause serious eye problems and a certain trip to the doctor if it’s bad enough.
The incident was immediately reported to the Service Manager who provided first aid treatment onsite with reference to a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and taking the apprentice to the host employer’s designated medical clinic as a precaution.
It is important that businesses have a SDS on hand and get employees to read them carefully to understand its contents before working with a hazardous chemical. This reduces injury and ensures that chemicals can be safely stored, handled or used in the workplace. Not all information about the hazards of a chemical or instructions for safe storage, handling and use may be provided on labels.
The MTA works with a number of hosts and members to assist in raising awareness of workplace safety and the importance of wearing appropriate PPE and implementing a system for SDS’s in the workplace.
If you have any queries on workplace injuries or would like some tailored staff safety training, please contact Cos Lamberto, MTA WHS & RTW Coordinator by clicking here.