October is National Safe Work Month – a time for Australian workplaces to showcase and promote work health and safety.
This year, the theme focuses on think safe. work safe. be safe. It is a time to reflect, promote and think about the importance of health and safety in the workplace. Actively listen to your workers about their experiences, observe around the workplace and implementing work health and safety procedures that benefit everyone.
To help you with this, we have outlined some tips to consider and get the most out of National Safe Work Month.
Get the most out of Safe Work Month and actively talk to your workers. Safe Work Australia has some fantastic resources to help build excitement and get people talking about National Safe Work Month. Download Safe Work Australia’s National Safe Work Month Campaign Kit.
Listen (…then talk).
Identify ways that you can interact with key stakeholders. For workers, schedule a “Safety Month” event – morning teas and BBQ’s are always a hit, alternatively schedule in some time during an existing team meeting. Authentically ask: “What opportunities are there for us to improve your safety, or the safety of our customers” – then listen (and take notes). Don’t refute.
For clients, reach out via a survey [online or at reception]. Have them provide a 5-star rating for: “How would you score us for safety, given our past interactions”; followed by an opportunity for them to provide comment/s.
Given the energy generated from your planning, Safe Work Month provides a great time to schedule safety activities:
Review your Safety Manual (and documents). Does it reflect the work you do? Yes – *Tick*. No – You need to decide: (i) Do you update the document to reflect the work? Or (ii) Do you change the work to reflect the document? Or (iii) Can you take a little bit from column A and a little bit from column B.
Safety Walk-through Inspection – is signage, line marking, lighting, walkways, and equipment in good condition? When you look actively, you will see things that you miss when you look passively.
Gather a group and make a list of the “things” that could injure workers and/or customers. Once created – make a list the things you are doing to prevent the injuries. Is there more that you could, or should do?
Schedule any annual training or communications – for example, re-inductions to workers and/or contractors.
Safe Work Australia and your state regulator (one of: WorkSafe, SafeWork, WorkCover) will have a calendar of events during Safe Work Month. ‘Look’ and ‘Book’ now.
For more information, visit the Safe Work Australia website https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month
Source: Safety Champion