All Australian worksites must have the correct Fire Extinguishers and Blankets available on their premises. There are different types of Fire Extinguishers that respond to different materials.
Water Fire Extinguishers should be used on wood, straw and paper.
Foam Fire Extinguishers work against most types of flammable liquids such as paint or petrol.
Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishers are best used on electrical hazards.
Powder fire extinguishers are ideal for use on a worksite with combinations of hazards.
Wet chemical Fire Extinguishers are commonly used in kitchens to stop fires from cooking oils and fats.
Fire Blankets are made from a light-weight, fire resistant material which has been designed specifically to smother flames. Fire Blankets should be kept within easy reach (often mounted on the wall) and accessible to all employees. At Direct Trades Supply we stock Fire Blankets in different sizes to ensure we have the appropriate safety equipment for your project.
Convex mirrors have a curved surface which allow you to see oncoming traffic or people from an angle. Convex mirrors are commonly used in parking lots where visibility around a corner is poor as the mirror enables the driver to see oncoming traffic. There are different types of convex mirrors so it’s important to choose the right one for your environment. The types of mirrors can be categorized by indoor or outdoor, materials, size, installation, and properties such as UV resistant, heat resistant, fog resistant.
Safety Signage is essential for all worksites. These can include;
Without this information present on a worksite, you may be liable for any injuries which occur.
Spill Kits are a universal item that you must have on every construction site dealing with chemicals or oils. Spill Kits contain all items necessary to effectively clean up and dispose of hazardous chemicals including safety wear, cleaning products, and a disposal bin.
Sorbents are used to absorb hazardous chemicals to make them easier to clean up. Sorbents are colour coded for easy distinguishing, as the absorbency differs for each product. Sorbents made for oil and fuel will repel water and only pick up the intended substance. Sorbents and Spill Kits are a great solution for any work involving moving or storing liquids.
When working around roads, traffic and pedestrian management is pivotal to the safety of your team and the general public. Signs such as Stop, Slow, or Detour will allow traffic to flow for vehicles. Direct Trades Supply also stock Plastic Bollards and Traffic Cones which can block off pedestrians and vehicles from certain areas, or block lanes and areas from being entered.
Making signs visible and for both traffic and pedestrians is a must for all worksites. They must be the appropriate size, have adequate reflectivity, and be easy to read and understand. If you’re unsure what you need for traffic and pedestrian management, see our experts in store at DTS.
Mine flags, Beacons, Banners, and Wheel Chocks are the top safety products all construction vehicles should possess.
Mine flags are required on most mine sites, but are also used in most day-to-day construction sites. They are built to withstand tough conditions and high vibration frequencies from driving on rough surfaces. Usually placed on the front of the vehicle, they will allow you to be easily recognised in dark or dangerous conditions.
Beacons are high-powered flashing or static lights that are used to guide people to safety, or to warn of hazards. These are fixed to the top of a vehicle’s roof and are usually orange or yellow so they aren’t confused with emergency services.
Wheel Chocks are essential for vehicle safety management. They are made from an extremely strong material that is placed behind wheels to prevent a vehicle from moving unexpectedly. Wheel Chocks are ideal when parking on a hill or slight incline, they could prevent your car from rolling into employees or a worksite. Wheel Chocks can also be known as immobilizers.