We have a guest Blogger from SINA Safety Solutions, based in Perth – Australia offering their expertise covering all key occupational health and safety areas including Risk management, Regulatory compliance, Development of occupational health and safety management systems and auditing programs, and Implementation of OHS programs and systems.
This article was shared to us by Ruth Jenkins, an accomplished mining professional with diverse experience: drill and blast, mine management, safety systems, risk management. A highly skilled and competent professional with more than 21 years experience within the mining industry in both underground and open-cut mining, dispersed over 2 continents.
Her Specialties are as follows;
WHY IS MANAGEMENT COMMITMENT IMPORTANT?
…because responsibility for safety starts at the top.
Everyone agrees that a safe workplace is important, but it won’t happen if you don’t do all you can to make your workplace as safe as it can be. The primary responsibility for a safe workplace rests with you, the employer.
Demonstrate your commitment to safety and ensure that everyone in your business is clear about their health and safety responsibilities.
Your workers are your greatest asset when establishing an effective safety management plan.
How to get the Management commitment working
Develop a successful safety culture in your business by leading from the top, where your actions and attitudes send a message to your workers that you are serious about safety. “Walk the Walk”. From this commitment, effective partnerships are formed with your workers to achieve safer workplaces.
CONSULTATION - WHY DO YOU NEED TO CONSULT?
…because many decisions you make can have health and safety consequences for your workers.
Your workers are directly affected by your decisions and can often foresee things that you may overlook. They can provide suggestions about how to solve health and safety problems and reduce injuries that can lead to increased savings and improved productivity for your business.
Introducing a new chemical or changing work tasks, for example, can create safety risks – and your workers can help you identify these risks and decide what to do to minimise them. You can avoid unnecessary expense and downtime.
SAFE WORK PROCEDURES - WHY DO YOU NEED SAFE WORK PROCEDURES?
Sometimes, risks associated with a work task may be obvious – e.g. dangerous machinery and chemicals used in a manufacturing or construction environment. For other tasks, the risks may not be as obvious – e.g. loading, unloading, packing, unpacking and handling goods in a retail environment may expose workers to back injuries or repetitive strain injuries.
Safe work procedures ensure your workers are aware of the risks in their work tasks, and outline how to avoid injury or illness while doing these tasks.Safe work procedures are a means of briefly documenting the risks associated with a work task and incorporating the appropriate risk control measures into a sequence of steps for doing the task safely. Most effective when developed in consultation with your workers, safe work procedures provide a useful tool for training and supervising your workers, and responding to incident reports and changes in the workplace.
TRAINING AND SUPERVISION - WHY IS TRAINING AND SUPERVISION IMPORTANT?
…because workers need to know how to do their jobs safely and they need to be aware of issues that affect their health and safety.
Training is one of the best ways to ensure that your workers are safe while at work. By providing them effective training and adequate supervision, they will become aware of safety issues and will perform their jobs competently, consistently and safely.
WA, QLD and NSW legislation requires employers to provide their workers with any information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety at work.
Training will ensure that your workers know about issues that will affect their health and safety. It will provide your workers with information about potential risks associated with their work, the safety policies and procedures you have in place, how to work safely, and how to deal with emergencies.
SAFETY REPORTING - WHY DO YOU NEED SAFETY REPORTING PROCEDURES?
…because they help you identify health and safety problems, and identify solutions.
A simple reporting procedure will help you obtain important information about health and safety issues in the workplace, identify problems when they arise, and address them.
Safety reporting procedures make it simpler for you and your workers to manage safety issues and prevent recurrences of incidents and injuries. They help you understand why incidents occurred, assist you to make decisions and set priorities, and allow you to analyse trends in safety issues. These procedures may also identify hazards and risks that were previously unnoticed, and will guide you in developing new safe work procedures.
Remember safety is everyone’s responsibility!
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