Printing safety guide released

Produced by Pro-Visual Publishing with the full support and cooperation of the Safety Institute of Australia, this wall mountable information resource chart is designed for display in high-traffic areas, to be used as a point of reference for daily workplace health and safety procedures. The aim is to raise awareness of vital health and safety issues and provide easily accessible and relevant practical guidance.

The guide addresses vital issues using plain English, easy to follow steps and checklists. It will be annually updated to take into account the latest developments in research and legislative changes, ensuring the information is 100 per cent accurate and meeting the concerns of the industry.

Topics covered by the chart include responsibility, health and safety improvement suggestions, hazard reduction and removal, Material Safety Data, lifting techniques, equipment safety, emergency procedures, and further information references.

Pro-Visual Publishing was formed in 1996 by John Hutchings after research found that business owners were overwhelmingly unaware of where to find Occupational Health and Safety information relevant to their business, and far too many did not know what their responsibilities were according to state legislation and Australian standards.

Business owners resented having to pay for essential OHS information and the OHS reference books, pamphlets and CDs would stay locked in a drawer or office, not integrated into daily life in any way, and removed from the employers and employees who by law needed to understand them.

Hutchings realised that the wall chart format is the perfect medium to provide consistent and constant access to health and safety information for people in workplaces.

All charts are distributed free of charge thanks to the support and cooperation of sponsors who provide revenue for research, design, production and distribution. At the same time, sponsors maintain a 12-month presence in front of their customers, increasing brand awareness as well as demonstrating their concern for workplace health and safety.

“There is so much information available to make workplaces safe. But the problem is that people either don’t know where to look, resent having to pay for it, or are so caught up with other business issues that improving OHS stays at the bottom of the to do list,” says Hutchings.

“By displaying the Printing Industry Guide to Workplace Safety 2004, employers and supervisors encourage open discussion about OHS risks and management, reinforcing to employees that they are not expected to put their life or limbs in harms way. This assists the creation of a teamwork mentality where everyone is responsible for the success of health and safety management in the workplace.”

The Pro-Visual Publishing stable has grown from three to 31 industry chart titles ranging from childcare and mining, to agriculture, construction and hospitality. Today, over 150,000 charts are distributed each year directly to businesses, educational institutions and government bodies in Australia and New Zealand.

The immediately noticeable and eye-catching design of Pro-Visual’s charts has been singled out by thousands of chart recipients as a successful method of attracting employees, subcontractors and visitors to reading about OHS legislation and safe workplace practices.

The charts are designed to inform, educate and above all, to keep people safe by addressing duty of care and correct safety practises and standards for workplaces.

Every year, Pro-Visual Publishing researches specific health and safety issues, regulations and recommended practices for each industry/community sector. Industry associations, experts and government bodies validate information to ensure it is completely accurate and up-to-date.

Other relevant titles include Transport & Logistics Guide to Workplace Safety and Manufacturing Industry Guide to Workplace Safety.
To receive your free copy of the Printing Industry Guide to Workplace Safety 2004 or further information regarding any of their charts, call Pro-Visual Publishing on (02) 9281 2611.

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