COVID 19 – Coronavirus
Many of you will already have begun the process of returning to work.
From a risk perspective, restarting a business following a prolonged break is not as simple as starting an engine. This is further complicated by the additional constraints placed on us by the current pandemic.
Many of you may be familiar with the process adopted in incident investigation, known as ICAM (Incident Cause Analysis Method).
By adopting risk management and borrowing from some of the ICAM tools, we can provide a solid platform from which to remobilise businesses safely and sustainably.
What are YOUR Safety Expectations?
Most people work in different workplaces from those of our friends and family members. The risks and hazards can be poles apart, but that doesn’t mean that our safety expectations need to be different. Here is a video from AE Smith showing the safety standards that employees and their families expect from the company and from each other.
Electricity is the No. 3 cause of injury or fatality on Australian worksites.
You don’t get a second chance with electricity, so never take any shortcuts. Follow the site electrical procedures. Only those with authority can access an electrical panel. Always assume circuits to be live. Isolate and tag-out anything that you believe to be faulty. Always check portable electrical appliances for their compliance tag and inspect it for signs of damage before each use. Plug your equipment into an RCD-protected circuit. This video shows you how to work safely.
Workplace Injuries can last a Lifetime
Every day workers are injured in their workplace. Some will be injured through taking a safety shortcut – not following the approved process, whilst some others may be injured through complacency – by not paying attention to the hazards around them.
Young, inexperienced or casual workers might not be aware of what their workplace hazards are. They also may not want to be embarrassed by asking the same questions over again about their work tasks, but its the best and safest way to learn. Supervisors and workmates owe it to everyone in the workplace to look after each others safety and welfare. Never assume that those new to your workplace are instantly competent. Guide them through the process and makes sure they follow the approved process, every time they perform the task.
If they look unsure about anything – ASK them if they need assistance.
When you’re new to a workplace – Keep asking questions, be open about your lack of experience – It’s the best and safest way to learn.
Do you have an Emergency Management Plan in place?
If you don’t, you are in breach of WHS legislation.
It is vital that all WHS and environmental risks and hazards have been considered and tested before a real emergency occurs. The plan will address the potential effect an emergency could have on the wider community. Don’t forget to include impacts on air, waterways and flora and fauna.
Your Emergency Plan needs to comply with Australian Standard AS3745-2010. Contact Evolve Safety to find out more. We can guide you through the process. This video shows a great example of a Fire Emergency Plan in action.
Alcohol and other Drugs
Never attend a workplace if you are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Your judgement will be impaired and that’s when you’re more likely to be involved in an accident – which might claim your life or that of your workmates.
Random alcohol and drug testing across most Australian workplaces means that you’re likely to be caught. You might lose your job, your career or your life.
Please don’t do it. If you need professional counselling to kick the habit, call the OZ-HELP Foundation on 1300 694 357 or consult your employer for support.
Coming Home Safely
Coming home from work safely is what makes our lives meaningful. It’s what we expect when we have good systems to protect us from harm.
It doesn’t always happen.
Evolve Safety can put safety systems in place today, to protect your workers.