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A new year, a new risk assessments

A new year, a new risk assessments (Last Updated On: January 5, 2016)

Begin the New Year by making health and safety in the workplace a number one priority. This article will guide you through the areas that may need a review so your business can start on a fresh slate in terms of health and safety.

Before making any goals for the New Year, reflect and learn from any incidents in 2015. Review any documents and contemplate what you can change to prevent any future incidents and injuries. Something as simple as implementing additional precautions can be a way to avoid similar incidents. For example, eliminate hazards from the workplace by checking your plant and equipment safety, replace if required and providing extra/ongoing training.

Start the year by implementing regular site inspections of your workplace. The Inspection Report Form identifies what areas and items should be reviewed, monitored, and tested on a regular basis.

– Fire equipment should be serviced every six months. Ensure there is clear access,    of up to one metre, for all firefighting equipment

– Ensure all substances are identified and hazardous chemicals are clearly                    marked in a register and containers clearly labelled. All Safety Data Sheets                  (SDS’s) must be also be current (within a five year maximum)

– Restock first aid supplies as and when required, making sure no items are have          expired

– Ensure all issued Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is maintained according to      the relevant Australian Standard

We recommend you nominate a worker to be involved in workplace inspections so they become aware of areas that need review, along with any other hazards that are associated to your workplace.

Make work health and safety the top agenda item for management and team meetings in the New Year. By discussing health and safety on a regular basis you are creating an environment where workers feel comfortable enough to bring up concerns they may have. Document the minutes of the meeting  (or Toolbox Talks) to demonstrate you have consulted with your workers about health and safety.

Regular testing and training of your emergency plan is paramount, via an emergency evacuation drill. This ensures effectiveness or that if there are any problems, they can be identified and rectified. Using an Emergency Evacuation Observer’s Checklist will help to identify area of improvement and will assist in documenting the consultation process. It is recommended these drills are held every 12 months.

Improvements to work health and safety do not have to be difficult or expensive. By starting with these measures, you will begin creating a path of a positive safety culture throughout your business.

If you have any questions on the work health and safety requirements for your business, call our adviser today on 1300 651 415.

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