Inspectors will be looking at safety issues in workplaces across the state, conducting non-destructive testing such as radiographic, ultrasonic, magnetic particle, liquid penetrant, electromagnetic and visual testing.
“Workers in testing facilities often suffer injuries associated with manual tasks, and these are frequently long-term injuries that keep them off work for 60 days or more,” Ms North said.
“Many of the injuries are caused when workers are required to handle heavy samples or to move heavy testing equipment when out in the field.”
During this inspection program, inspectors will be concentrating on priority areas including manual tasks, hazardous substances, electricity, guarding of plant and slips, trips and falls.
In addition, they will look at safety issues more specific to the sector such as pressure vessels, personal protective equipment, noise, emergency procedures and working alone and/or remotely.