The AWCI urges all members to support this new initiative in their workplace.
Make sure you and your entire team Stay Alert—Don’t Get Hurt.
Working at heights is a high-risk activity and a leading cause of death and serious injury in Australia.
Between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2015:
Tips for Managing & Minimising the Risk of Working at Heights
Personal Protective Equipment (or PPE) covers anything used or worn to minimise risk to workers’ health and safety, including: boots, ear plugs, face masks, gloves, googles, hard hats, high visibility clothing, respirators, safety harnesses, safety shoes and even sunscreen.
PPE is actually one of the least effective safety control measures because it does not control the hazard at the source, and it relies on human behaviour and supervision. Workplaces must not rely on PPE to satisfy their hazard control requirements. Instead, PPE should only be used: as a last resort, as an interim measure, and as a back-up.
Before relying on PPE, you should perform a risk assessment to see what other controls can and should be used.
Where PPE is used, it must minimise risk to health and safety, including by ensuring equipment is:
If poorly designed or done incorrectly, manual tasks can become hazardous. A hazardous manual task is where you have to lift, lower, push, pull, carry, hold or restrain something. It can include:
Tips for Managing & Minimising the Risk of Manual Handling
You should carry out a risk assessment for any manual tasks that have the potential of being hazardous or you have identified as being hazardous. The only time this may not be necessary is when the risk is well known and you are already aware of how to effectively control it.
A risk assessment of manual tasks will help you identify:
The best and most cost effective way to eliminate or minimise the risk of manual handling is to consider manual task hazards and risks during the design and planning stage of a workplace or a job. During this stage, hazards and risks can be ‘designed out’ before they are introduced into a workplace.
A Guide to Safe Site Delivery of Plasterboard and Associated Products
Electricity is one of the most important power sources that we all use every day. But if it’s not properly managed it can cause serious injury and death.
The risks associated with using electricity must be controlled and the control measures clearly communicated. Electrical risks in the workplace must be managed so that they are eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable. Or, if this isn’t possible, minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.
Tips for Managing & Minimising the Risk of Electrical Hazards
The fact that some people use substances such as alcohol or illicit drugs, or that some people misuse prescription drugs is not new.
The use of alcohol and other drugs, even in small amounts, can impair a person’s performance, judgement, coordination, concentration and alertness, and can cause incidents and accidents, and interfere with the accuracy and efficiency of work.
For employers, there can also be a range of economic impacts on their businesses. Drug and alcohol abuse can result in general absenteeism and illnesses, and a lack of productivity.
All workers have a duty to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and ensure they don’t adversely affect that of others. This means they must be fit and well enough to do their job, not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or use alcohol or illegal drugs while at work
Employers and Businesses Responsibilities
Employers and businesses cannot ignore the issues created by drug and alcohol use. By law, employers and businesses are required to manage the work-related risks associated with alcohol and other drugs.
Some companies have explicit policies to test their workers for alcohol and illicit substances. This is particularly important if a worker could kill or seriously injure themselves, another worker or a member of the public.
With many insurance companies now requiring businesses have policies and procedures in place that cover this issue, it is important that you not only have a policy in place, but that you clearly communicate to workers what is considered acceptable behaviour.
The policy can cover substance use issues, or it can use an overall approach such as impairment in the workplace. The main goal is that workplaces are encouraged to establish a procedure or policy so that help can be provided in a professional and consistent manner. It is important for supervisors and managers to have a resource or procedure that they can rely on if the need arises.
For further information on how to develop a Workplace Alcohol and drugs policy, visit the SafeWork NSW website.