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Keeping it safe – 10 tips to a safer workplace

Safety in the workplace is all about KEEPING ourselves and each other safe.

Here is Aurenda’s top ten tips to KEEPING it safe.

The Workplace

1. Keep everything well maintained

Equipment needs to be maintained in good working order and the staff knows how to use it.

2. Keep it clean

A clean workplace is easier to keep safe
Clean up spills or mess straight away

The Workers

3. Keep everyone  involved

Involvement leads to ownership of safety

4. Keep communicating

The staff must feel comfortable speaking up about something that is unsafe
Managers or bosses need to follow up their concerns.

5. Keep safety equipment on

Hardhat, boots, safety glasses, masks, clothing, gloves, seatbelts,

6. Keep an eye out:

For breaches in safety
Employees doing procedures the wrong or unsafe way

The Information

7. Keep Instructions clear and precise

As if you were reading something for the first time
Never assume workers know how the machinery works safely

8. Keep everyone updated in
Health and safety rep training (Aurenda runs regular accredited courses and refreshers)
First aid training
Changes in procedures

9. Keep alert to:
Legislation  changes  (Aurenda is up to date. Follow us on Social Media channels)
Unsafe procedures
And

10.Common Sense
Let’s all look after each other out there

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So where is WHS Harmonisation at?

So the new WHS Harmonisation legislation went through – or did it? This is where the national harmonisation of work health and safety laws currently stands…

The Commonwealth rolled out the Act, Regulations and Codes of Practice on time, as did NSW.

QLD also commenced when the clock struck midnight on 1/1/2012, but are amending their own Codes of Practice to be consistent with the new Act and Regulations.

ACT is also up-to-date – except they haven’t adopted 100% of the Codes.

NT is also up-to-date, although they kept their current Mining Codes until 1st March 2012.

Although they were first to start organising themselves with the new Act, it was withdrawn from the SA parliament for procedural reasons and have now tabled a debate this year with a view to commencing the laws 1st Jan 2013.

VIC looks like they will enact the legislation but they want to assess the impacts and benefits to Victoria first and have said they need another 12 months to make this assessment.

TAS is not going ahead until 1st Jan 2013.

WA is not adopting the entire Act because of opposition to four areas:

  • Changes to the penalties are viewed as being excessively punitive
  • Union right of entry will not be introduced because it already exists under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA)
  • Directions from Health and Safety Reps to stop work when it’s unsafe will be opposed because WA believes workers shouldn’t have to wait for a HSR to stop work
  • Reverse onus of proof for prosecutions of discrimination, coercive or misleading conduct is opposed.

This information is sourced from http://www.safetyrisk.com.au

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