Everyone is Responsible for Safety

 

Safety is everyone’s responsibility!

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As an employee, you should:

  1. Learn to work safely and take all rules seriously.
  2. Recognise hazards and avoid them.
  3. Report all accidents, injuries and illnesses to your supervisor immediately.
  4. Inspect tools before use to avoid injury.
  5. Wear all assigned Personal Protective Equipment.

On the other hand it is Managements responsibility to:

  1. Provide a safe and healthy workplace.
  2. Provide Personal Protective Equipment.
  3. Train employees in safe procedures and how to identify hazards.

Everyone must be aware of potential hazards on the job:

  1. Poor housekeeping results in slips, trips and falls.
  2. Electricity can cause shocks, burns or fire if not handled properly.
  3. Poor material handling may cause back problems or other injuries.
  4. Tools and equipment can cause injuries if guards or protective devices are disengaged.

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Always use the protections that are provided on the job:

  1. Guards on machines and tools keep body parts from contacting moving equipment.
  2. Insulation on electrical equipment prevents burns, shock and fire.
  3. Lockout/ tag-out assure equipment is de-energized before it is repaired.
  4. Personal Protective Equipment shields your body from hazards you may face on the job.

In case of emergency:

  1. Understand alarms and evacuation routes.
  2. Know how to notify emergency response personnel.
  3. Implement a procedure for leaving the scene safely so emergency personnel can do their job (An effective evacuation plan).
  4. Wipe up spills promptly and correctly.

By incorporating safety rules, employees avoid injury as well as illness from exposure to hazardous substances. With less injuries, a business can be more productive and profitable. The welfare of the community is also enhanced by providing cleaner air and water and less chance of dangerous accidents that can put lives and property at risk.

Safety benefits everyone.

Be alert & don’t get hurt!

Tip of the Month- Health and Safety Meetings

Did you know it is a legal requirement stipulated in the OHS act that all companies need to have a Health and Safety meeting at least quarterly?

  • It is a good idea to ensure you have representation for all levels or departments in your business to make the meeting effective and have overall input.
  • Each representative should bring items to the meeting such as, accidents which have happened, potential accidents that could of happened, work area conditions, valid first aid certificates still in place, fire marshal’s still adequate, legal lifting equipment certificates still valid, first aid box in good condition, possible training needed and any other potential problems or health and safety issues.
  • Always discuss previous minutes and ensure all that has been documented has been addressed. Make sure notes are kept and responsibilities issued with suitable close out dates.

People are your most valued asset in a business, so it stands to reason making sure their work environment and risk plans are good.

This will go a long way to enhancing your operation!