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September 16, 2010
09/10 ISSUE 69
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Seaworthy is produced by the Directorate of Navy Safety Systems in the interests of promoting
safety in the Navy. The contents do not necessarily reflect Service policy and, unless stated
otherwise, should not be construed as orders, instructions or directives – KEEP NAVY SAFE.
DEFENCE has had two cases of fire in
rubbish removal vehicles recently.
In one case hazardous material was
identified as being mixed with general
rubbish. This is considered the most like-
ly cause of both fires.
It is a Defence requirement that haz-
ardous material be kept separate from
general waste and be disposed of by a
hazardous waste contractor. It goes with-
out saying that hot waste must not be
mixed with general waste, which by its
nature is highly combustible.
Procedures for the segregation of haz-
ardous material and general waste must
be implemented and enforced.
Hazardous waste disposal
Legal requirements: Disposal of waste
by Defence and Defence contractors
must be in accordance with local legisla-
tion and minimise hazards posed by the
waste. Disposal must also comply with
the requirements of the Environmental
Disposal procedures: Disposal informa-
tion is usually provided on the Material
Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) under Section
13 ‘Disposal Considerations’.
Checklist for disposal of Hazardous
Substances within Defence:
➤ Identify materials for disposal;
➤ Refer to the MSDS for advice on dis-
posal of the product;
➤ Ensure containers are correctly and
clearly labelled to identify contents;
➤ Mark containers for disposal (do not
obstruct product label);
➤ If necessary, seek advice on disposal
containers and methods, which might
vary for small- and large-scale dispos-
This and other Defence OHS Bulletins
can be found at ohsc.defence.gov.au/
➤ Ensure a copy of the MSDS is pro-
vided with all items for disposal;
➤ Ensure incompatible items pending
disposal are stored correctly;
➤ Arrange disposal through DSG or
approved waste disposal contractor;
➤ Retain a copy of the MSDS for the
➤ Keep a record of what was disposed
of – how, when, where, why and date
in your Unit Register of Hazardous
➤ Change Dangerous Goods placards
Policies in relation to hazardous sub-
stances and dangerous goods are pub-
lished in Volume 1 of Safetyman. These
policies are mandated in Group and
Service instructions and guidance.
Handling hazardous waste
CHECK THE LABEL: Hazardous substances must only be disposed of in
accordance with Defence procedures and legislative requirements.
SOME of the inherent dangers
personnel confront at sea are
ladders, wet decks and high sea
The sudden movement of the
ship can cause the most expe-
rienced of seafarers to slip and
fall. These dangers are further
compounded when personnel are
complacent and fail to observe the
‘three points of contact’ rule.
Most slips, trips and falls have
been caused by personnel failing
to maintain three points of contact.
This results in injuries, lost time
and potential impact on opera-
The safest method of transit-
ing a ladder is to face the ladder
and maintain three points of con-
tact at all times. This method is
mandatory for personnel wearing
Personnel should also be aware
of visitors transiting the ship. A
sailor may transit a ladder 20
times a day; however a visitor
would not be as adept.
Maintaining three points of
contact also extends to carrying
equipment and stores.
Excessive loads not only pre-
vent personnel from using three
points of contact, but also impair
vision and mobility, and create a
Wet decks further increase the
risk of falls in the workplace.
Apart from not doing the right
thing by their shipmates, person-
nel who fail to clean up a brew
spill or wet deck potentially place
themselves in breach the OH&S
So let’s get a grip and maintain
three points of contact.
Get a grip and
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