TO ALL CHILDCARE SERVICE PROVIDERS – SAFETY ALERT
Child Care Services & Use of glass (including workplace childcare centres)
A five-year-old child had the unfortunate incident of suffering severe wrist lacerations earlier this year which required hospitalisation after leaning on a glass window at a child care facility.
WorkSafe visited a variety of workplaces that provide child care services and it became apparent that a number of windows and doors with glass panes or inserts did not meet the Australian Standard requirements, AS 1288-2006 Glass in buildings – Selection and installation.
Glass panels in schools and workplaces especially those who provide child care services are at constant risk to human impact, such as glass panels being mistaken for openings or doorways.
Call the team at A Glazier & Shutter Services to arrange a time for us to come out and we will provide you with a Free Safety Audit on all your glass panels, windows & doors.
TREVOR MEYER 0404 312 949
KIRSTINE MEYER 0401 481 645
Recommended risk control measures (extracted from Worksafe© Victoria) published June 2017
Those with management or control of a workplace providing child care services have an obligation to provide a safe environment without risks to health, so far as is reasonably practicable. To ensure the safety of employees and children:
- arrange for a glazier to attend the workplace to conduct an audit of all windows to establish which windows are required to be safety rated in accordance with AS 1288-2006
- replace any identified non-compliant glass that is required to be safety rated with glazing of a suitable type, thickness and size that meets the requirements of AS 1288-2006. Generally, those areas of a building that are particularly vulnerable to human impact should be fitted with either safety glass or thicker annealed glass. When broken from human impact, the chance of cutting or piercing injuries will be minimized by the increased thickness/characteristics of the glass
- ensure people are aware of the presence of glass by making it as visible as possible (eg through the use of stiles, bars, opaqueness). If the presence of glass in a door or side panel is not apparent, mark the glass to make it visible
- regularly conduct inspections of the workplace, including all areas with glass. Note – the risk control measures listed above should also be taken into consideration when designing a child care facility (including all indoor and outdoor spaces and structures). This includes taking the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of injuries that can result from glass breakage.