Updated May 4th 2021 – by Rob Kenning
MAY 4TH 2021
SAFETY IN THE FORGE
A.B.A.S.A. Inc, is a member of the Australian Mens Shed Association and our insurance policies are covered by them. A.M.S.A. has implemented a requirement for all Mens Shed members to formulate and develop a Safety System to create a safer and manageable work environment for our members. We have a group of members experienced in this task, and in the coming days, will be creating the safety systems, and putting them into place.
These systems will include the following:-
1. A complete Health Safety manual lockout tag out procedure.
2.- Weekly equipment checklist template.
3- A complete Health Safety manual lockout tag out procedure.
4.- Weekly equipment checklist template.
5.- Guide to machinery Safety.
6.- Risk assessments.
7.- Personnel protective equipment.
8.- Manual handling procedures.
9.- Induction of training.
10.- Daily pre start inspection.
11.- Preventative Maintenance.
13.- Each item to be tagged corresponding with a Go No Go startup procedure check.
14.- All machinery tagged according to its work performance that is not identified as do it yourself only.
Progress on this initiative will be reported at the monthly meetings. Members are encouraged to keep abreast of the changes and be safety aware when you are working at the forge.
ABASA Monthly Meetings:- As of February 2021
PENFIELD FORGE OPERATIONS
We shall commence our weekly cycle of Tuesday and Saturday openings and Doris Blacksmithing days commencing Tuesday 26th May. Operation and Participation will be according to the following list of Musts.
· There will be a limit of Ten(10) Members Maximum on site at any given time.
· Social Distancing rules of 1.5 meters separation to be strictly observed. If you are not prepared to work under these conditions do not attend.
· As we have 200 Sq meters of floor space the per meter age formula is easily observed.
· Strict Hygiene of participants and tools and equipment are to be observed
· Places at any forging day must be pre booked with the supervisor of the day who will decided when the books are closed . contact with the nominated supervisor is to be done preferably via phone but email is acceptable.
· A registration sheet is to be filled in on the day of attendance. It only requires your name and telephone number. These sheets will be kept on-site and will only be accessed in the case of an infection.
· If you are unwell especially with respiratory symptoms do not attend.
· Attendance is strictly for members only. There will be no come and try days until further restrictions are eased
The dates for the courses of 2021 will be posted shortly. Stay tuned.
Forging Fee and Coke.
There has been a substantial increase in the price of forging coke. As a consequence, the forging fee will increase to $15(effective immediately)
A bag of coke now costs $35.00. we have a limited number on site.
The new wet area is nearing completion and is currently being tiled. It will be operational on Tuesday 26th.
A huge thank you to those people who have been able to help during these difficult times.
2020 -2021 Committee members
A new committee has been voted in for the 2020 -2021 period.
A.B.A.S.A’s new committee comprises the following members:
PRESIDENT -Doug Carruthers.
VICE PRESIDENT – Kirstie Stewart.
SECRETARY – Angela Cameron
PUBLIC OFFICER – Chris Fuller
TREASURER -Brian Dreyer.
COURSE COORDINATOR -Kirstie Stewart
Congratulations to all.
The partner of our late A.B.A.S.A member, Peter Clarke, has a selection of his books on Blacksmithing up for sale.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the books, contact our Secretary, Doug Carruthers at email@example.com
for a contact number.