Unauthorised access to work areas
The purpose of this Safety Alert is to highlight the dangers of having unauthorised persons within the work area.
To raise awareness for businesses that allow unauthorised access (general public admission) to workshops, work and storage areas that can result in serious injury. Children are particularly at risk when accessing these areas. The following factors and actions need to be considered to ensure hazards are identified and mitigated.
- No separation or demarcation of ‘high risk’ areas.
- Unauthorised access to workshop, work and storage areas.
- Inappropriate storage of equipment and materials.
- No risk assessment or hazard identification in workshop areas.
- Customers waiting in workshop, work and storage areas.
- No access signage erected to warn unauthorised persons and to be policed by staff.
- Install barriers for work areas that take into consideration access and egress to work areas.
- Appropriate storage of materials, tools and equipment, for example, the use of shelving or similar.
- Identification and risk management of potential hazards.
- Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 (Section 20)
- Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations 2011 (Part 3.1)
Codes of practice
- A guide to automotive workshop safety - WorkSafe Victoria