Commit to Workplace Health and Safety Today
Committing to workplace health and safety benefits you, your employees and the industry.
Have you already committed to National Safe Work Month? October is the perfect time to look at your own workplace and figure out if you’ve locked down the processes and practices to make it safe for everyone.
Rather than a compliance measure, workplace health and safety can have a direct impact on your business. Productivity is paramount to being profitable. Ensuring a healthy and viable business is as much about planning for healthy and fit employees as it is figuring out the most efficient way to deliver a service.
Your employees, while another resource to manage in producing outputs, are your key to optimising performance. Keeping them fit, healthy and safe at work should be seen as valuable to ensuring their productivity as increased training, incentivising through increased wages or employing a more ‘traditional’ discipline.
Depending on the skill set of that employee the project can be derailed by several profit eating weeks. Not only that, but costs will rise when paying compensation and moving schedules will affect other parts of the project.
Being proactive to reduce the risk of a workplace injury will always be more effective than scrambling to react to a situation that could have been prevented.
So while we’re in the middle of October, National Safe Work Month, here are some things you can do to protect not only your workers from harm but also your bottom line!
Owner walk around
This tactic is one of the easiest and most cost effective to implement. It simply involves walking around to have a chat with new site employees and talking about potential hazards they may come across.
This will familiarise employees with their new work environment and where other people may be located on the site and which tasks they are involved in, all of which will minimise accidents.
For workplaces that are mainly outdoors, protecting workers from the sun is paramount. This should include providing and encouraging ‘Slip, Slop, Slap” measures – ensure your workers are using SPF 50+ sunblock as the highest barrier to prolonged exposure to the sun.
It’s also a good idea to encourage headwear and sunglasses as standard kit that your employees need to bring the job site.
Following on from sun protection, heat protection is equally, if not more, important. Workers that don’t stop to drink appropriate fluids could succumb from heat exhaustion. An Esky with plenty of water as well as some healthy food options will minimise risk of heat stroke and fatigue
The provision of appropriate safety gear such as gloves, goggles and other PPE (personal protective equipment), is vital to keep your employees safe and protected from hazards.
Please check Safe Work Austraila's website for specific details for which gear is appropriate for your workplace.
Relevant licences are also incredibly important and requirements can be found at the above website. Once obtained they should be logged into a training register.
Workplace Health and Safety is an important consideration for everyone. If we can offer any assistance implementing or providing ideas for improving safety in your workplace please don’t hesitate to contact us.